What is IPY
For two years we have focused on specific aspects of polar research through IPY Polar Science Days. As the IPY research program moves toward analysis and results and as IPY participants plan for a large international conference in Oslo in June 2010, the IPY International Programme Office plans two Polar Weeks, in October 2009 and March 2010, with the theme: 'What Happens at the Poles Affects Us All'. In October (October 5th through 9th) the IPY Polar Week will focus on recruiting new individual and institutional partners, will stimulate increased engagement by polar partners, and will highlight classroom activities developed for the new IPY Polar Resource Book. In March 2010 the Polar Week will focus on local community-building activities, will connect new and existing partners in science outreach, and will stimulate global enthusiasm for June on-line and on-site events. Both polar weeks will feature fresh accessible science, multi-lingual educational flyers, live web events, fun classroom activities, virtual balloon launches and spontaneous global inter-connections - activities that have made IPY Polar Days effective and enjoyable.
Follow the links below to find out more about the Polar Days:
Polar Weeks provides a short outline of activities planned for October 2009 and March 2010.
March 17th and throughout that week: Polar Oceans and Marine Life
marine biodiversity, physical oceanography and more!
IPY Activities throughout February 2009
throughout February 2009, IPY researchers are sharing their experiences and making themselves available for interview. On February 25th, the 'State of Polar research' report will be released by the IPY Joint Committee.
December 4th, 2008: Above the Poles
astronomy, meteorology, atmospheric sciences, observation from Space
September 24th 2008: People
social sciences and community engagement
June 18th 2008: Land and Life
permafrost, terrestrial biodiversity, hydrology, snow
March 12th 2008: Changing Earth, Past & Present
ice, climate, oceans, paleoclimate, Earth history
December 13th 2007: Ice Sheets
ice sheets, traverses, expeditions, adventure
September 21st 2007: Sea Ice
sea Ice, marine life, changing climate
March 1st, 2007: Global Launch of IPY
nations around the world celebrated the launch of IPY, as did communities, follow this link to see the first IPY activity flyers and balloon launch!
More About International Polar Days:
December 13th, 2007 marks the second of the quarterly International Polar Days, this time focusing on Ice Sheets.
About Ice Sheets Although the Earth has many locations with permanent ice and glaciers, there are only two ice masses that are large enough to be classified as ice sheets: the Greenland Ice Sheet and the Antarctic Ice Sheet. These ice sheets are composed of snow that has fallen, become buried due to additional snowfall over ...