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Alex Gaffikin

You can find Alex deep in the labyrinthine bowels of the Natural History Museum in London. She is beavering away with her team on the next blockbuster exhibition

Recent Entries
Virtual Tour of Ice Station Antarctica
Ice Station Antarctica open
Ice cadets wanted
Sneak preview of Ice Station Antarctica
A visit to Tring


ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing) is a multinational drilling project on the Antarctic margin to recover stratigraphic records. It is comprised of more than 200 scientists, students, and educators from five nations (Germany, Italy, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States). The ARISE Program (ANDRILL Research Immersion for Science Educators) provides unique experiences to educators as part of ANDRILL projects. For more information visit:

Recent Entries
Poles Apart // Pulling Together: call for IPY Images
The Offshore New Harbor Project: Investigating the Greenhouse World to Icehouse World Transition
Educational IPY photo-exhibit - call for submissions
ANDRILL: Embedded teachers observe, report, educate
ANDRILL: Meet the night drilling crew


The AGAP project uses airborne geophysics to image through the ice in the interior of East Antarctica. Two teams of international scientists from six nations are gathering information that will help in determining the size and age of the largest remaining ice sheet, and help image the large alp sized mountain range hidden beneath the ice. The mountains hold information on the early history of the Earth, their role in the formation and ongoing stability of the East Antarctic ice sheet, and their connection to the area's subglacial lakes.

Recent Entries
The Polar Rubics
Ready, set, wait


The Association of Early Career Polar Scientists (APECS) brings together young researchers and early career scientists with an interest in natural and social sciences of polar regions. This network provides a forum to begin international and inter-disciplinary collaborations, to exchange information and experiences about research programs, research opportunities and work conditions, and to assure that the importance of polar regions for global dynamics will be made public knowledge. We invite scholars to become members of the network, participate in discussions, meetings and educational initiatives and help foster understanding for the complexity of Arctic and Antarctic regions.

Recent Entries
Past Permafrost Records in Arctic Siberia
New Generation Polar Researcher Symposium Expands Early Career Network
Young polar scientists take the pulse of permafrost temperature
Science in the Park
IPY Merchandise

Arctic Portal

The Arctic Portal is a gateway to Arctic related information as it relates to the Arctic Council, its Working Groups, Permanent Participants and Observers. It is endorsed IPY project 388.

Recent Entries
Arctic Voice Team reaches 2007 goal
Live webcast today, March 27, Breaking-The-Ice - Conference - Prospects of the Transarctic Route


Antarctic Sea Ice Processes and Climate, ASPeCT, is IPY project 141.

Recent Entries
Exploring sea ice off Antarctica
Exploring fast ice off Antarctica
Sea ice under scrutiny from space
The Birth of Sea Ice

Belle Dume

Belle is a science journalist based in Moscow and Paris.

Recent Entries
Winter wonderlands

Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears

Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears is a free, multimedia online magazine written for elementary educators. Each month

Recent Entries
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Issue 6: Rocks and Minerals
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Issue 5: Water, Ice, and Snow
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: Issue 4: Weather and Climate: From Home to the Poles


Maarten Loonen is senior scientist at the Arctic Centre and Willem Barentsz Polar Institute, University of Groningen, The Netherlands. He is also station manager of the Netherlands Arctic Station in Ny-

Recent Entries
Mother fox
Scandinavian Royals Visit The Arctic
Checking Goose Nests in Spitsbergen
The Arctic Fox Dilemma

Camilla Hansen

Camilla works for the IPY International Programme Office and is the first point of contact for IPY Events. She is a physical geographer, completing a PhD on the Quartenary era in Tierra del Fuego. Her keen interest is to raise public awareness of the physical world around us. She believes IPY can become a milestone in many scientific fields and to many, many people.

Recent Entries
Echoes in the Ice: Collages of Polar Explorers
Arctic countries to release IPY stamps
Exploratorium: Live webcasts from the South Pole

CAML- Tangaroa

From February until mid- March 2008, New Zealand scientists are embarking on an eight-week voyage to the Ross Sea to survey the marine environment and explore the variety of life forms (biodiversity) in the region. This is part of the Census of Antarctic Marine Life and scientists on board will also contribute to the NZ Science Learning Hub for teachers and students. Follow their route on the CAML-Cousteau Expedition tracking page.

Recent Entries
Heading Home
Admiralty Seamount
Scott Island & beyond
Bringing the Southern Ocean into the classroom
Seamounts and open water


Recent Entries
Happy Australia day
Miracle in the galley
The Jeffs work on
Broken plates on our ‘special’ day
The last trawl; let the work begin.

CAML-James Clark Ross

From February 19th until April 10th 2008, British scientists are embarking on the British Antarctic Survey

Recent Entries
Rothera Research Station
Trawling for live animals
Water, water all around
Epibenthic sledge (EBS) sorting
Diatoms and Earth history

Canada IPY

For more news and stories, please visit IPY Canada.

Recent Entries
International Polar Year IV: Context and Promise, A Second-Year Course Yukon College and University
Environment Canada launches IPY web site
The Expeditions of the First International Polar Year 1882-83 (by William Barr)
3rd International Conference on Polar and Alpine Microbiology

Cape Farewell

Cape Farewell brings artists, scientists and educationalists together to collectively address and raise awareness about climate change

Recent Entries
Cape Farewell expedition debriefing: Oct 21, London
Cape Farewell September Expedition

CLIVAR Section I6S

CLIVAR (Climate Variability) and Carbon Cycle Science Program Repeat Hydrography Section I6S (Indian Ocean #6 South) is an integrated approach to a global observational program for carbon, hydrographic and tracer measurements. The program is driven by the need to monitor the changing patterns of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the ocean and provide the necessary data to support continuing model development that will lead to improved forecasting skill for oceans and global climate.

There is broad consensus based on a variety of atmospheric, oceanic and modeling constraints that the ocean that the ocean took up 2.0 +/- 0.6 Gt carbon annually during the last decade. This is equivalent to 1-2 years uptake of anthropogenic carbon in surface waters. The total anthropogenic inventory of carbon in the ocean can be determined using concurrent, hydrographic, alkalinity, oxygen nutrient and tracer measurements. Utilizing transport estimates, the fluxes of carbon within and between oceans and ocean basins can be better constrained, particularly interhemispheric exchange of carbon through the ocean.

Funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Recent Entries
FSU IPY Cruise: Meet Co-chief Scientist Thorsten Dittmar
FSU IPY Cruise: Return & St. Paddy’s Day Greeting
FSU IPY Cruise: Meet graduate student JiYoung Paeng
FSU IPY Cruise: Meet graduate student Jun Dong
FSU IPY Cruise: Meet FSU Professor & Chief Scientist Kevin Speer

Cynan Ellis-Evans

Cynan Ellis Evans has extensive arctic and antarctic experience, is a polar microbiologist, and currently coordinates UK and international IPY activities. He works for the British Antarctic Survey and also as senior advisor to the IPY International Programme Office.

Recent Entries
Grand Final of the ICE-Edge competition
Status and Challenges of the IPY 2007-8 Programme


DAMOCLES is a large IPY project studying the ice-atmosphere-ocean system in the arctic. Participants from several of the DAMOCLES platforms will share their stories here.

Recent Entries
Investigating sea ice decline
DAMOCLES revises sea ice forecasts, posts cruise schedule details
DAMOCLES - investigating changes in polar snow and ice
Arctic diary: Aboard the Vagabond

David Carlson

David Carlson is director of the International Polar Year programme office. email.

Recent Entries
Arctic Sea Ice in the news
Weather Forecasting in Antarctica
IPY Data - Challenges and Opportunities
Human & Rangifer Migrations
IPY Publications - Register and Share

Environmental Legacy

Tina Tin is project leader of the IPY Environmental Legacy project.

Recent Entries
Antarctic Tourism: At the limit?
Is the world’s last great wilderness disappearing in front of our eyes?
Potential Environmental Impacts of a cruise ship sinking in Antarctica
Green wind energy at Australian Antarctic station
The Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting through the eyes of a scientist

Exploring Subglacial Lake Ellsworth

Neil Ross is a post-doctoral researcher in the School of GeoSciences at the University of Edinburgh. He is part of an active project to explore Subglacial Lake Ellsworth in West Antarctica. Led by Martin Siegert (University of Edinburgh), this project involves collaboration with glaciologists at the British Antarctic Survey and Northumbria University. Subglacial lakes like Lake Ellsworth are important for several reasons: i) they are likely to contain unique lifeforms that may have been isolated for millions of years; ii) the water they release influences the speed at which ice sheets flow; iii) sediments beneath subglacial lakes will contain records of ice sheet history.

By making measurements using geophysical equipment deployed on the ice surface scientists have been able to gather data on the shape and size of Subglacial Lake Ellsworth, located 3200 m beneath their feet. Data collected by a 4-man team during the first field season (Austral Summer 2007-08) shows that Lake Ellsworth is 12 km long, 2-3 km wide and is, in places, up to 150 m deep. This information confirms that Subglacial Lake Ellsworth is an ideal candidate for future exploration, and will be used to establish the optimum location for direct access and sampling of Subglacial Lake Ellsworth.

A second season of geophysical surveys in West Antarctica will commence in late December 2008. A two man field team (Neil and his field assistant Dave) will be deployed at Lake Ellsworth (S78

Recent Entries
Exploring Subglacial Lake Ellsworth

Glenn Stein

Glenn "Marty" Stein is a Life Member of the American Polar Society and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. One of his primary objectives is to interest and educate the public in polar history — this is vital if people of today and the future are going to appreciate and preserve not only human cultures and historical sites, but the vast variety of plant and animal life. email.

Recent Entries
Sailor of the RRS James Clark Ross Awarded the Merchant Navy Medal
Polar Honors of the Russian Geographical Society 1845-1995
Ice Captain: The Life of J.R. Stenhouse
Parks Canada to lead new search for Franklin ships
Tinned Food Not Cause of Franklin Expedition Poisoning: Archeologist

Global Snowflake Network

Recent Entries
History of Winter (HOW) / Global Snowflake Network (GSN) Now on YouTube
History of Winter (HOW) Camp, Global Snowflake Network to launch Feb 10-16

Guest Contributor

Writing from IPY Guest Contributors.

Recent Entries
Weather Balloons in Antarctica
ICECAP project set to probe Antarctic interior
Changing the Arctic: Adding Immediate Protection to the Equation
McGill University students study Canada’s permafrost
Social/Human Sciences in IPY 2007

IASOA Project

The International Arctic Systems for Observing the Atmosphere, IASOA, is an IPY project that aims to establish a network of permanent Arctic atmospheric observatories. You can chart the progress of IASOA scientists on this blog.

Recent Entries
The Skies of Tiksi Russia


ICED-IPY is IPY Project 92. ICED-IPY is a unique collection of polar scientists from different backgrounds willing to pool their collective talent to unravel how the Antarctic marine ecosystem operates, particularly in the face of changing physical conditions and fisheries pressure.

Recent Entries
ICED-IPY and the Changing Earth; Past, Present and Future
ICED-IPY and Sea Ice


ICESTAR, IPY project number 63, comprises many projects looking at the Heliosphere impact on Geospace

Recent Entries
Substorm studies in Iceland
Finland’s Utsjoki sets scene for aurora borealis summer school
Greenland Space Symposium
IPY Kite Flies at SANAE IV, Antarctica
Launch of IPY #63: Heliosphere Impact on Geospace


IGLO (International action on GLObal warming) is an initiative of the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), an international organization of science centers and museums dedicated to furthering the public understanding of science. As a major component of the 4th International Polar Year (IPY) scientific program, IGLO represents the first cooperation of science centers worldwide on a single topic of global significance - climate change. Since March 2007, IGLO has organized international interactive videoconferences, a worldwide Conversation on Climate Action, and the Albedo Experiment, which uses NASA satellites to illustrate the importance of the Polar ice caps.

For institutions who participate in IGLO

Recent Entries
Albedo experiment


Hayley Hung is on board the Amundsen research icebreaker from July 17 to August 8 2008 to collect air samples for the INterContinental Atmospheric Transport of Anthropogenic Pollutants to the Arctic (INCATPA) program.

Recent Entries
Current Status of IPY INCATPA Project
Wrestling with wires
Picnic on Banks Island
Finally!  A relatively smooth day!!
The Wait

International Polar Foundation

The International Polar Foundation (IPF) communicates and educates on Polar research as a way to understand key environmental and climate mechanisms. The IPF also promotes innovative responses to the complex challenges raised by the need for action on sustainable development.

IPF runs 3 other websites: SciencePoles, EducaPoles and ExploraPoles

Recent Entries
Dr. Jenny Baeseman on APECS, an Important Legacy of IPY-4
Using Indigenous Knowledge in Scientific Research in the Arctic
Dome A Traverse and Kunlun Station
Zhongshan Station: Hub of Chinese Scientific Research in East Antarctica
First non-Chinese Journalist Participating in Chinese Antarctic Expedition


Stories and announcements by "IPY" are posted by the IPY International Programme Office on behalf of others.

Recent Entries
Archiving IPY 2007-8
IPY Report: May 2010
IPY Report: April 2010
IPY Report: March 2010
IPY Report: February 2010

IPY Alaska

University of Alaska IPY Office was established to promote UA research, education, and outreach activities and to ensure that the benefits of IPY extend to everyone in Alaska.

Recent Entries
Call for Abstracts: Lessons from Continuity and Change in the 4th IPY; March 4-7, 2009
Now Accepting Applications - PolarTREC Teachers 2009/2010
UArctic’s IPY web pages updated
Freshwater runoff from the Greenland Ice Sheet will more than double by the end of the century
IPY Videoconference connects Alaska and Argentina

IPY Australia

Information and stories about IPY activities in Australia.

Recent Entries
New issues of the Australian Antarctic Magazine
Solar Linkages to Atmospheric Processes
Australia Post celebrates International Polar Year 2007
Australian Antarctic Magazine, issue 14, now available for download
Aurora Australis docks with new climate data


IPY NL aims to coordinate the IPY activities happening in The Netherlands. For more information, please visit the IPY NL website.

Recent Entries
Culinary Art Project
A weblog for all IPY-NL science expeditions
IPY-NL project posters
Expedition Lapland for Dutch secondary school children

IPY Portugal

LATITUDE60! is the educational and outreach programme of the Portuguese Committee for the IPY. The programme intends to involve students and teachers from kindergarden to the university level in IPY activities and promotes the linkage between polar environmental and societal issues with issues affecting the mid-latitudes, with a focus in Portugal. It is a cross-disciplinary programme with the objective of motivating students for science, arts and sports using the IPY as the central theme for the activities. Portuguese polar scientists are the organisers of the event and they will be in close contact with students. Several activities are planned: environmental exhibitions, science-art exhibitions, theatre plays, national contests, science talks at schools, interaction with polar scientists, educational packages, field weeks with students in the Portuguese mountains and participation of students in polar expeditions. The project is supported by FEDER and POCI funding in the framework of the agency Ci

Recent Entries
Thousands in Polar Science Weekend in Portugal
Polar Contest in Portugal: 5 students go to the Antarctic!!!
IPY Education in Portugal
Portuguese Wanderer

IPY Sweden

Please consult the IPY Sweden websitefor more information.

Recent Entries
IGY 50 Years Down the Road: Kiruna Observatory and the Politics of Arctic Geophysics

John Wood

John Wood is a middle school teacher in Orange County, California, selected go to Antarctica with a team of scientists this season. The project he is accompanying involves deploying as many as 100 small seismic stations in various locations on Ross Island, near Mount Erebus. Dr. Phil Kyle, from New Mexico Tech, is the principal investigator on the project and has been working on this active volcano for nearly 30 years.

Recent Entries
Mt. Erebus and its special lake of lava
Looking Inside a Volcano

Juanita Urban-Rich

Juanita is co-developer of Windows Around the World, a web-based exchange program for elementary students that uses visual images. She will use this Blog to suggest ways you can teach polar science with this tool.

Recent Entries
How does your town/school compare with a town/school in the arctic?

Karin Granqvist

Karin Granqvist leads IPY Project 30, Representations of Sami in Nineteenth Century Polar Literature: The Arctic 'Other'.

Recent Entries
Nature as Woman - the scientific view of nature in 19th-century Sweden
The mythical, historical and cultural past of the S
The Indigenous Discourse: Representations of S
Representations of S

Live From The Poles

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has partnered with eight science and natural history museums across the United States to bring the stories of IPY science to a broad audience. During four scientific expeditions to the polar regions, a professional photographer and science writer will chronicle the process of conducting scientific fieldwork

Recent Entries
Live from the Poles / Polar Discovery
Shifting weather
Moulin rouge
Snap, crackle, pop, boom
Exploring the Emperor Cone lava

Lizzy Hawker

Lizzy is an Antarctic Oceanographer, and athlete, and also helps the IPY International Programme Office with content on this website.

Recent Entries
climateXchange: How’s your world?
Summer Polar School in Yamal, Russia
Amateur Radio IPY award
Robotic vehicles in the Arctic
creating educational thermographics

Louise Huffman

Louise Huffman is a middle school educator and chair of the IPY formal education subcommittee. She spent a research season in the Dry Valleys, Antarctica, in 2002-03 through the Teachers Experiencing Antarctica (TEA) program. She will retire from teaching in June, 2007, and is looking forward to working on IPY related projects.

Recent Entries
Kids Connect to Science in Antarctica
I Scream-You Scream-We all Scream for Ice Cream!
Polar Husky
Antarctica: A Living Classroom

Lucia Simion

After getting a degree in Medicine, Lucia Simion decided to pursue a career as a science journalist and photographer. She has journeyed to Antarctica seven times to cover the building of the French-Italian station Concordia at Dome C, the EPICA project, and daily life at Mario Zucchelli station, Dumont d'Urville, Scott base and McMurdo. She is Italian, based in Paris since 1996.

Recent Entries
Polar Philately: San Marino issues IPY stamps
ANDRILL photo exhibition opens in Paris
Lucia Simion: Return to Concordia
Looking back at the Trans-Antarctic Expedition
Christchurch, gateway to Antarctica

Mark McCaffrey

A native of Colorado, Mark McCaffrey is an associate scientist and science communications specialist at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder. He is an associate of the International Polar Foundation and serves as a member of the IPY Education, Outreach, and Communications Subcommittee. Mark has worked with the NOAA Paleoclimatology Program as an education and outreach specialist, and he led the development of the Climate Change Collection, a digital library of reviewed and annotated resources.

Recent Entries
IPY Data Stories - Sea Ice
IPY Web Seminar June 5th - The Fragile Ice
Live from IPY with PolarTREC
IPY/NSTA Web Seminars Begin
InnovationCanada Highlights IPY

Mark Parsons

Mark Parsons is co-chair of the IPY Data Management and Policy Subcommittee and leads the IPY Data and Information Service. Mr. Parsons is a program manager at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). He studies geography and likes to ride bicycles.

Recent Entries
How to Cite a Data Set
Data, Data, Data
Enhancing data access for IPY
IPY Metadata Profile
Second announcement: Virtual Observatories in Geosciences 2007

MATE International ROV Competition

Jill Zande at The Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Centre organizes and manages a network of regional and national student ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) competitions. In this blog, you will hear stories from various participants in the competition. Her website has more details.

Recent Entries
Tales from the teams
Three Fantastic Facilities, Three Challenging Missions
MATE Competition Update
MATE International ROV Competition

Matt Nolan

My professional interests are primarily trying to assess and understand the impacts of climate change in the Arctic, primarily to glaciers. I work with a great group of international collaborators, at a time when great changes are taking place in the Arctic. From April to September in 2008, we will be living and working on or near McCall Glacier, located in a remote eastern Brooks Range. Hopefully we can send posts from the field so that you can follow along with our progress. I've lived in Fairbanks for over 15 years, and could not think of a better place to live and work, at least in civilization anyway...

Recent Entries
Day 87-88: Same song, different station
Day 84-86: Press releases gives McCall Glacier another 15 minutes of fame
Day 82-83: Settling into civilization
Day 79-81: Return to civilization
Day 78: High-resolution aerial photography

McMurdo Sound Winter Sea Ice

Winter sea ice growth processes in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

During the southern winter of 2009 (February-October) we will carry out an extensive program of sea ice and ocean measurements in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. This is a collaborative project between the University of Otago, NIWA, IRL and VUW. Our research is aimed at understanding the interaction between the Ross Ice Shelf and the ocean and the effect this interaction has on the growth of the sea ice. We will be based at Scott Base (NZ), but we will also establish a research camp on the sea ice from where we will carry out most of our fieldwork.

The winter-over science team consists of Dr. Andy Mahoney and Alex Gough from the University of Otago and Brian Staite from Antartcica New Zealand. Andy is a postdoctoral fellow who is more used to studying sea ice in the Arctic. Alex is a PhD student who has already spent two winters on the ice with the British Antarctic Survey. Brian is an old hand in the Antarctic and will focus on keeping us safe so we can maintain the blog. This work is part of the IPY Antarctic Sea Ice project, which is an international effort to increase our understanding of sea ice and the processes that influence the changes we have been seeing in the recent past.

In addition to maintaining this blog, we will be posting data and results on the University of Otago Sea Ice Group pages

Recent Entries
Polar preparations pick up pace

Nicola Munro

Nicola works at the IPY International Programme Office. If you ever call or email us, it's likely she's the friendly voice at the end of the line.

Recent Entries
IPY Report: January 2009
IPY Report: December 2008
IPY Report: November 2008
Call for Abstracts for International Polar Year Session (J03) at the MOCA Joint Assembly: July 2009
IPY Report: October 2008


IPY project 408, NOMAD is reindeer herding from a reindeer perspective. An interdisciplinary group of researchers is following the annual migration of semi-domesticated reindeer in Kola Peninsula, Northwest Russia. The NOMAD website has more information.

Recent Entries
Press release: The NOMAD Expedition - Studying social change in the Russian far north

Polar Artists

The POLAR ARTISTS group showcases journals and artwork from international artists — visual artists, writers, film makers, and musicians — who are dedicated to promoting awareness of the poles and the effects of climate change. They have all experienced the poles first hand, and share their art projects and visions with you. To submit articles, please contact the IPY International Office Art Liaison, Linda Mackey.

Recent Entries
Contemporary Circumpolar Art Exhibition and Round Table Discussion
Arctic Quest artists share Northwest Passage voyage through series of exhibitions
Living Antarctica—Film Makers Explore the Human Face of Antarctica
Polar Artists Group Opens Doors for International Artists
Groundhog day

Polar Books

Polar Books is an IPY project featuring an online collection of books about the Arctic and Antarctica that reflect IPY themes

Recent Entries
Polar Book wins Victorian Premier
Surviving Antarctica
Antarctica: Life on the Ice
Meredith Hooper’s Ferocious Summer
The Global Outlook for Ice and Snow

Polar Field Services

Polar Field Services is part of the CH2M HILL Polar Services team. As the arctic logistics provider to the US National Science Foundation, our team's motto is "Let us plan the logistics so you can focus on the research." The work we support is interesting, germane to some of the most important issues of our day--and a great adventure. With our newsletter, "field notes", we share our view of the research with a lay audience.

Recent Entries

“field notes”: Life at the Top
“Field Notes” February 2008

Polar Historians

These are weblogs from different authors about Polar History.

Recent Entries
From IGY to IPY

Polar Research Journal

Polar Research is the international, peer-reviewed journal of the Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway's central institution for research, environmental monitoring and mapping of the polar regions. Aiming to promote the exchange of scientific knowledge about the Arctic and Antarctic across disciplinary boundaries, Polar Research serves an international community of researchers and managers.

Recent Entries
Polar Research July Issue

Polar Teachers

These are entries by different authors of relevance to teachers interested in the polar regions.

Recent Entries
Sun shadows Project update
Antarctica in an Italian Classroom
Antony Jinman: Polar Explorer and Public Speaker
Iceberg Voyage Is Over, but the Blogs Live On
Land and Life Day Celebrated in Brazil

Polarstern Expedition

Angelika Dummermuth is Coordinater for public outreach on board of RV Polarstern. The Polarstern Expeditions are organised by the Alfred Wegener Institut in Germany.

Recent Entries
RV Polarstern returns home after expedition through the Northeast, Northwest Passages
Polarstern and Heincke start their expeditions in the Arctic
Half time in the International Polar Year 2007/08
CASO activities on the Polarstern


POLENET is an IPY-endorsed science initiative aimed at dramatically improving the coverage in geodetic, magnetic, and seismic data across the Polar Regions. With 24 different nations involved, POLENET is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen international science collaboration. While this collaboration undoubtedly includes input from some of the best and most well-known researchers in the world, it also includes the participation of countless students and young scientists, working to become the next generation of top-tier researchers. In our blog posts we intend to highlight the experiences of this younger POLENET generation with stories coming from around the globe.

Recent Entries
Tango 1 and the air we breathe
It takes a lot to get here
Researchers at Newcastle University Join POLENET
A Better Day

Rhian Salmon

Rhian worked in Antarctica as an atmospheric chemist and is now responsible for education and outreach during IPY.

Recent Entries
Draft Resource Book Documents
‘Above The Poles’ Day Celebrated around the World
Above the Poles Day, TODAY!
Wilkins Ice Shelf under threat

Roswitha Stolz

I am an assistant professor at the Department of Geography of the University of Munich. My research fields are remote sensing and hydrology of the land surface (including snow and ice). At the Department we are working in the global change research. I am currently joining a leg of the Pangaea Expedition (, a four-year effort organized and led by the well-known explorer Mike Horn. At the moment, there is a junior program attached to Pangaea, called YEP

Recent Entries
Report from the YEP expedition to Antarctica


Stories from researchers involved in IPY project 166: Sea Ice Knowledge and Use (SIKU)

Recent Entries
PlentyMag features IPY project SIKU
Experiences in Shaktoolik, Alaska
Working with I

Stefan Geens

Stefan edits Ogle Earth, a weblog about Google Earth, and now also blogs for IPY, as well as helping with the development of this site. email.

Recent Entries
LIFE’s photos of polar regions now on Google
Nolan on McCall Glacier: Hard science, caribou stampedes and mosquito squadrons
Matt Nolan’s multimedia missives from McCall continue…
“Friends of IPY” mulitply
McCall Glacier panoramas and videos bring home life on the glacier

Students on Ice

Students On Ice is an educational organization offering youth expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Our mandate is to provide students from around the world with inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of our earth, and in doing so, help them foster a new understanding and respect for our planet. Visit our website for a comprehensive list of IPY activities and to read about our SOI-IPY Expedition series starting this summer in the Canadian Arctic.

Recent Entries
Students on Ice 2008 IPY Arctic Youth Expedition accepting applications
Students on Ice at the AMNH IPY weekend in New York
SOI Youth Expedition to the Arctic; Spots Still Available!
A Battle with Nature
Welcome to the SOI-IPY weblog

Svalbard Students

This blog is written by Eike, Mathilda, Mikko, Sanna and Tine, a group of science students at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). UNIS is located in Longyearbyen at 78 N in the high Arctic and specializes in studies of biology, geology, geophysics and technology. Students from more than 20 countries study at UNIS every year. During winter the sun is gone for almost four months, while during summer the sun is up all the time from April to August.

Recent Entries
Investigating the permafrost in NE Greenland
Into the ice II
Into the ice
Tasting the Life of the Polar Explorers
Living in Longyearbyen

Sweden/Japan Traverse

Recent Entries
Report from the Japanese-Swedish Antarctic Expedition #22
Japanese-Swedish Antarctic Expedition, JASE Report no 21
Japanese-Swedish Antarctic Expedition. Report no 20.
Japanese-Swedish Antarctic Expedition. Report no 19.
Japanese-Swedish Antarctic Expedition; Report no 18

Tara Expedition

Tara and its crew are sailing to the North pole and back during 2006-2008. During that time, Tara will be used as a platform for a range of scientific observations and experiments. More about the expedition at Tara Expeditions.

Recent Entries
Tara Soon to be released from the Ice
Tara: Matthieu
Tara: Adrift on an ocean of ice
Tara: Water management up North

The NISSE Team

In the NISSE student rocket experiment the impact of a water release on the upper polar atmosphere will be studied. More information can be found on the NISSE website.

Recent Entries
Two months to the launch!
EISCAT testing for NISSE
NISSE - A Student Rocket Project to Study the Upper Polar Atmosphere

UAB Antarctica

Leading marine researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) are among the first U.S. teams diving into the icy Antarctic waters during the International Polar Year. The team, working out of Palmer Station, is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs. It includes veteran Antarctic researchers and UAB biologists Charles Amsler, Ph.D., and James McClintock Ph.D., and University of South Florida chemist Bill Baker, Ph.D. The expedition continues a quest to understand predator-prey dynamics in the unique Antarctic marine communities. The team has discovered several compounds with potential uses against cancer and other diseases. Students of all ages can join the team and ask questions via the Antarctica UAB website. The UAB team also includes research assistant Margaret Amsler, M.S., and Ph.D. students Craig Aumack, M.S., and Philip Bucolo, M.S.

Recent Entries
UAB in Antarctica Featured on
Palmer Station Dives into IPY

US National Parks Service

The US National Parks Service, Beringian Arctic, IPY Project 21, is studying change in the Arctic.

Recent Entries
Retracing Charles Sheldon’s 1907-1908 Denali Winter Expedition
Photography project Reveals Changing Kenai Fjords
Repeat Photography Completed for Southwest Alaska Park Units
Climate Change Issue of Alaska Park Science

US-Norway Traverse

Scientists from Norway and the U.S. are working together to measure climate indicators in a traverse across the least explored part of East Antarctica. Starting at the Norwegian Troll Station in November 2007, team will travel overland to the U.S. South Pole Station, arriving in late January 2008, the return traverse will start at South Pole in November 2008 and finish at Troll Station in February 2009. Our team aims to investigate the response of this most remote portion of the Earth to anthropogenic activity and climate change. Join us! Read more about our traverse, historical traverses in this region, educational activities, and daily updates from the field.

Recent Entries
Leaving Antarctica
McMurdo and Scott Stations
Arrival at McMurdo Station
Last day at South Pole
Arrival at South Pole


WMO, the World Meteorological Organisation, is one of the co-sponsors of IPY.

Recent Entries
IPY in the news: Plenty Magazine, CBC News
IPY in the news: NOAA, Winnipeg Free Press
IPY in the news: Globe and Mail, Queens University Journal
IPY in the news: NASA, polar films
IPY in the news: Chinese Academy of Sciences, NASA