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About International Polar Year – IPY

International Polar Year’s goals are ambitious: it aims to further human understanding of the Arctic and Antarctic environments through an international programme of carefully coordinated scientific research focused on the polar regions, running from 1 March 2007 to 1 March 2009. The two-year period will allow participant researchers the opportunity to observe two complete polar cycles and will also allow a second chance at on-site research activities given the harsh and unpredictable polar operating environments. Organisers have endorsed 218 clusters of projects, of which 42 are focused on Antarctica.

International Polar Year is an initiative led by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) to begin a new era in polar research. The last such year, International Geophysical Year, 50 years ago, marked the founding of Scott Base and the beginning of New Zealand’s co-operation with the United States’ science programme in Antarctica. IPY therefore provides an opportunity not seen for fifty years for a concentrated international science and research effort in the polar regions which are critical to the climate of the planet but about which comparatively little is known.

During International Polar Year, a regular sequence of International Polar Days will raise awareness and provide information about particular and timely aspects of the polar regions. The Polar Days will include press releases, contacts to experts in several languages, activities for teachers, on-line community participation, web-conferencing events, and links to researchers in the Arctic and Antarctic.

International Polar Year Publications database

The International Polar Year Publications Database will attempt to identify and describe all publications that result from, or that are about, the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 and the three previous IPYs. The IPYPD is part of the IPY Data and Information Service (IPYDIS).

More information about International Polar Year can be found at the official IPY website.

A Short history of International Polar Years poster.