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Related IPY Projects
IPY projects looking Above The Polar Regions.
Flyers: In many languages
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Meet The Scientists
Profiles of researchers and other IPY participants. Several are happy to be contacted.
Links and Resources
Links to organisations related to science Above the Polar Regions.
About International Polar Days
Learn about past and future Polar Days.

Activities and Events:
Educational Activities
Auroras, weather observing, satellites, neutrinos & more!
LIVE Events
Join researchers in the Antarctic and Arctic through live web events
Launch a Virtual Weather Balloon
Add your balloon to a map of people marking International Polar Day.

Press resources:
Press releases and images
Press releases and images for downloading.

International Polar Day - Above The Poles

December 4th, 2008 marks the seventh quarterly International Polar Day, this time focusing on research Above The Polar Regions. This includes polar meteorology, atmospheric sciences, astronomy, and polar observations from space.

Use the quick links in the left sidebar of this page to find out more about our live events, virtual balloon launch, classroom activities, multi-lingual flyers, and to meet IPY participants and learn about their research.

imageLaunching a weather balloon in AntarcticaimageCloud observationsimageHigher up, polar stratospheric clouds are central to ozone-depleting processesimage Higher still, fast, charged particles enter the earth’s atmosphere resulting in aurorasimageSatellites beyond our atmosphere take images of the polar regionsimageWhile astronomers in Antarctica observe other galaxies

Weather & Climate:
Polar weather, with extreme cold, fierce winds, and constant wintertime darkness, remains a deterrent and a threat to modern researchers.  The polar regions provide crucial cooling processes for our global climate system, and polar weather in both hemispheres influences weather as far away as the tropics.  The atmosphere over ice- and snow-covered surfaces has unique properties, and a remarkable sequence of reactions in the snow and ice influence the chemistry of polar air.

Looking Out & In:
The regions above the North and South poles are unique to the Earth system. Not only are these regions extreme environments due to the seasonal changes that occur through the year (because of the tilt of the Earth on its axis), but they have distinct electro-magnetic dynamics compared to the rest of the planet and are unique vantage points into space. Auroras in both hemispheres provide a glimpse of planetary-scale geomagnetic processes in the outer atmosphere, and satellite images give us a unique perspective of the polar regions from Space.