What is IPY
Saturday, 30 December 2006 04:46 Written by Administrator
The project will provide the most comprehensive account so far of the types, amounts, and location of the on-and off-shore biological and mineral resources, including oil and gas, of northern and Arctic Russia from northern Norway in the west to the Bering Strait in the east. How can these resources be exploited sustainably over the next 10-20 and 20-40 years to ensure the economic development and social welfare of the regions concerned and their peoples?
Saturday, 30 December 2006 04:44 Written by Administrator
The “Inuit Voices” traveling exhibition relates the story of climate change through the eyes of the Inuit, Arctic peoples who are witnessing changes to the environment that has sustained them for a thousand years. The National Snow and Ice Data Center and the University of Colorado Museum, Boulder, collaborated on the development of “Inuit Voices,” which opened in April 2008.
There is now clear evidence that the effects of recent and past climate changes have varied in magnitude across of the world. Some changes over periods of thousands of years seem to have affected the Arctic and Antarctic regions alternately, and this has been called the “bipolar see-saw” effect. The BIPOMAC project will collect and examine climate records in sedimentary sequences spanning the past five million years from both polar regions. These records will provide a basis for analysing the complex interactions of environmental processes that have caused the observed patterns of climate variation. Improved understanding of such processes and their interactions will increase our ability to forecast future climate and sea level change.
Saturday, 30 December 2006 04:32 Written by Administrator
The central idea of NOMAD is the establishment of a mobile observation platform. This is facilitated by a nomadic tent camp that houses an interdisciplinary group of researchers. They follow the annual migration of semi-domesticated reindeer in Kola Peninsula, Northwest Russia. This is a novel effort, putting social and other scientists on the reindeer trek on a long-term basis. By positioning themselves in close contact with migrating reindeer herds the researchers observe the delicate ecology and conditions of renewable resource use in the subarctic. Updates on the progress of the project, photographs and fieldwork diary entries can be found on this website.
This project encompasses a variety of events to engage the community, teachers, and students in programs to increase awareness and understanding of polar issues. These activities will allow participants to learn about the science, mathematics, and technology related to exploring, living, and working in the Polar Regions and will focus on developing an understanding the importance of these regions both scientifically and culturally.
Saturday, 30 December 2006 04:17 Written by Administrator
“Environmental Monitoring: an Indigenous Perspective” is a four-day forum scheduled for 2007 (fall), in Ottawa. It will provide an opportunity for Inuit and other Indigenous Peoples to voice their issues and concerns on the monitoring of their environment. The forum will demonstrate how the capacity, knowledge and viewpoints of Indigenous Peoples can guide environmental monitoring and decision-making processes in the Arctic.
Saturday, 30 December 2006 04:11 Written by Administrator
OASIS will study the chemistry in the air over the Arctic Ocean. The health of mammals and humans is at stake, and a future change in climate will undoubtedly introduce unknown changes. OASIS will make use of a variety of platforms (icebreakers, ice islands, buoys) to obtain year-round information on the behavior of such key chemicals as ozone, mercury, and carbon dioxide. As the nature and extent of snow and ice cover is changing OASIS will assess the associated impact on, and by, climate change, and the human and ecosystem impacts of these chemicals.
Saturday, 30 December 2006 04:07 Written by Administrator
Global Warming will have a large impact on glaciers in the Arctic region. Sea level will be affected, and substantial changes can be expected in sediment and fresh water supplies to embayments and fjords. In GLACIODYN we study the dynamics of Arctic glaciers by means of field observations, remote sensing from satellites, and computer modelling. This will deliver tools to make more accurate predictions about future changes.
Trace metals iron, zinc, copper, manganese, nickel and cobalt are essential for every living cell and organism of our planet. Recently we discovered that algae in the Southern Ocean, the basis of the entire Antarctic food-chain up to penguins and whales, suffer from a lack of dissolved iron for their growth and CO2 fixation. The role of the other metals in Arctic and Antarctic oceanic waters is virtually unknown. We will quantify distributions, role and fate of several trace metals. Combination with key natural isotopes allows the unraveling of sources and turnover rates of these Trace Elements and Isotopes in waters and ice of the polar oceans.
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