Tomsk Observatory of radioactivity and ionizing radiation "TORII" was created in 2009 by the efforts of employees of the National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) and Institute of Monitoring of Climatic and Ecological Systems of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IMCES SB RAS).

TORII is located on the experimental fields of IMCES.


The purpose of the observatory - the development of basic and applied research, the implementation of advanced training of elite specialists and team of world-class professionals in the following areas:

  • Nuclear energy, nuclear fuel cycle, safe management of radioactive waste, spent nuclear fuel, security and counter-terrorism;

  • Earth Sciences, Ecology and Environmental Management.


Studies contribute to the development of critical technologies:

  • monitoring and forecasting the state of the environment, prevention and liquidation of its pollution;

  • technology of monitoring and forecasting the state of the atmosphere and hydrosphere;

  • resource assessment and forecasting the state of the lithosphere and the biosphere;

  • prevention and liquidation of emergency situations of natural and technogenic character.


Supervisor of TORII:

Valentina S. Yakovleva - Doctor of sciences, Professor of Applied Physics Department, Institute of Physics and Technology, TPU.


Petr M. Nagorskiy - Doctor of sciences, Professor, Leading researcher of Laboratory of Climate Systems Physics, IMCES SB RAS.


One of the most important elements of surface atmosphere is the natural background radiation and its variations are closely linked to changes of meteorological parameters of the atmosphere, chemical and aerosol composition. Multivariate monitoring of ionizing radiation fields of different types and natural radioactivity during the preparation of natural hazards will provide new knowledge about their structure, regularities of behavior, and cause-effect relationships between complex dynamic systems that are under the influence of low-intensity external factors.