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Where will IPY be in Antarctica?
One of the tasks of the endorsed project “Enhancing the environmental legacy of the IPY in Antarctica” is to look at the cumulative environmental impacts of the IPY.
So far, the IPY Joint Committee has endorsed 99 projects with Antarctic or bipolar focus. These projects encompass at least 350 research activities, of which 82% plan to conduct fieldwork in Antarctica. Of these activities, 105 (37%) are planning to leave behind physical infrastructure.
A large amount of activity has been planned around existing centers of research (e.g., the Antarctic Peninsula, Dronning Maud Land); a number of large-scale research activities has also been planned in areas which have, so far, been seldom visited (e.g., the Gamburtsev Mountains, subglacial lakes). Many of them have been planned as the precursor of long-term research programs.
In view of the ensemble of the 350 research activities that have been endorsed, the IPY is likely to lead to 1) an increase in infrastructure and human activity in Antarctica, 2) increased pressure on Antarctica