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IPY projects looking Above The Polar Regions.
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Profiles of researchers and other IPY participants. Several are happy to be contacted.
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Links to organisations related to science Above the Polar Regions.
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Press releases and images for downloading.

Above The Poles: View of the Polar Regions

Images from Space, that we obtain from satellites, gives us a unique View of the Polar Regions,- and help us to learn a lot about processes happening on the Earth. In addition, satellite images are helping IPY researchers on the ground by providing images of the area they are working in, and even providing practical information like where the sea ice is in their area. This is one of many examples of IPY researchers colaborating across disciplines, in order to gain more knowledge overall, for everyone.


Below is information about Satellite observations during IPY (GIIPSY), where to download amazing imagery of Antarctica (LIMA), and the IPY Gateway to Polar Observations (Polar View)
To find out more, talk to researchers in the GIIPSY, LIMA, and Polar View projects in the Above The Poles Live Event.

Global Interagency IPY Polar Year Snapshot: GIIPSY

During IPY, a project called GIIPSY, Global Interagency IPY Polay Year Snapshot, is making considerable progress towards characterisation of key high-latitude processes by means of spaceborne snapshots of the polar regions. A number of ongoing efforts are described in the GIIPSY project page which are designed to coordinate these satellite acquisitions, to help demonstrate the benefits of a cryospheric observing system component, and to develop IPY data legacy comprising critical climate benchmarks. The GIIPSY website also has more information.

Read more in these online articles:
European Polar Board

Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica: LIMA

A new satellite image of the Antarctic continent is ready for all to see and use. The IPY Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica (LIMA) project has been completed and its stunning result is freely available. Compiled from over 1000 Landsat scenes, the result is a 15-metre resolution, near seamless and cloudless image mosaic of the continent.

A team from NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation and the British Antarctic Survey have worked together for more than a year to produce this uniformly and rigorously processed surface reflectance dataset. In addition to providing scientists with a new tool for discovery and planning, LIMA also provides everyone with a previously unseen and realistic view of the continent.

Anyone interested in seeing the image mosaic and accessing the data should visit the LIMA website at and

Education tools:
Explore LIMA with NASA Quest, free Web-based, interactive explorations designed to engage students in authentic scientific and engineering processes.
Classroom activities can be found on in the Antarctic mysteries link, then under the subsections of