Canadian IPY researchers gathered in Ottawa, Canada, to report their IPY activities and to share initial results and highlights.
More than 250 people gathered in Ottawa, Canada, for an IPY Early Results Workshop. Stimulated and organized by the Government of Canada Program for IPY, the workshop allowed leaders of more than 50 Canadian-led IPY projects to report their activities and share their initial results and highlights. One could hear the latest research news in sea ice, ocean circulation, atmospheric transport of contaminants, marine ecosystems, freshwater ecosystems, hydrology, butterflies, permafrost, caribou, vegetation, sea birds, and northern health - fresh views of the many facets of Arctic systems. Although focused within the broad Arctic expanses of Canada, most of these projects had extensive international connections and partnerships. One heard many references to activities and presentations planned for the Oslo Science Conference in June 2010, as well as growing interest and an emerging vision for the Canada 2012 IPY conference planned for April 2012 in Montreal.