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When asked about this IPY Day, sea ice scientist, Don Perovich (IPY project 95), replied:

September 21 is excellent timing for a sea ice day. There is a tremendous amount of sea ice activity going on. There was an international sea ice summer school with more than 100 students from dozens of countries in July. There is currently a tremendous amount of sea ice activity going on in IPY.  This summer there have been icebreakers from Canada, Sweden, Russia, and the U.S. conducting research in the Arctic and deploying autonomous sensors to monitor the changing sea ice cover. There have been ice camps at the North Pole and in the Beaufort Sea, along with work out of terrestrial stations around the periphery of the Arctic. Right now, the Russians are deploying an ice station that will drift for a year or more. The Tara, part of the EU sponsored DAMOCLES project starts her second year of drift across the Arctic Ocean. Satellite observations show that ice loss continues and September 2007 has reached an all-time record minimum ice extent. Scientists working with field measurements, satellite data, autonomous observing systems, and models are working together to understand the causes of the changes in the ice cover. It is truly a wonderful time to be studying sea ice.”

Here is a list of Sea Ice experts happy to be contacted by media or educators in conjunction with the September 21st International Polar Day.

National Snow and Ice Data Center
contact: Stephanie Renfrow, Public Information Officer: 303.492.1497 or
Stephanie can set up interviews with sea ice scientists and IPY participants Mark Serreze, Ted Scambos, Walt Meier, and Julienne Stroeve, as well as arrange interviews with IPY data projects lead Mark Parsons

SIPEX: Sea Ice Physics and Eco-system eXperiment
This Antarctic cruise involves 45 scientists from 8 different countries happy to conduct interviews by prior arrangement (email or phone). For more information about the expedition, please visit the SIPEX website.
To interview a scientist on board the Aurora Australis, please email .
NOTE: Sandra is on board the ship and can only receive TEXT ONLY emails.

Scientists on board include Tony Worby (voyage leader, expert in sea ice
physics), Klaus Meiners (expert in biology, German/English), Jan Lieser (sea ice physics), Andreas Krell (molecular biology, German/English), Delphine Lannuzel (iron in sea ice, French), Thorsten Markus (NASA),and Ian Allison, co-chair of the International Polar Year Joint Committee. There are also scientists on board who could take interviews in Finnish, Chinese, and Japanese.

Contact to Expeditions:

Participating countries: Germany, Russia, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, US, Switzerland, Japan, France and China.
Objective: To quantify and understand past and present natural environmental and social change in the polar regions, and to improve projections of future change.

Email: in Germany, Tel: +49 (0)471 - 4831-1820, Languages: German/English
Contact to Ursula Schauer onboard RV Polarstern can be facilitated by press officer , Phone: +49 (0) 471 4831

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Stephen Ackley, Sep 16th, 2007:

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We are currently on the winter sea ice expedition to study sea ice mass balance in the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Sea Antarctica.  We will have limited email contact but our teacher, Sarah Anderson, is maintaining an electronic journal, photo gallery and “Ask the Teacher” section on the website
We look forward to participating in the sea ice day with direct participation from sea to the greatest degree possible.  Steve Ackley, Chief Scientist

Mark Drinkwater, Sep 18th, 2007:

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Sea ice day is appropriately timed to focus attention on the recent historical minimum Arctic summer sea-ice extent in September 2007. As part of the GIIPSY IPY Project (#91) the European Space Agency, together with the worlds’ Space Agencies is providing satellite data which are being used to capture a snapshot of the current ‘ice-scape’ of the Arctic and Southern Oceans. These data are being acquired to establish an IPY satellite data legacy, with which to establish a benchmark for studying climate change and its impact on the polar regions. For further details on GIIPSY see: