What is IPY
The Swedish Polar Research Secretariat organized a lecture on 8th October where Dr. Veijo Pohjola, Uppsala University, talked about his IPY research and experiences in Svalbard at the “revived” research station Kinnvika. The research at Kinnvika is multidisciplinary, including glaciology and meteorology etc., and it is mainly focused on Arctic warming and its impact.
The Arctic Peoples, Culture, Resilience and Caribou IPY project has just launched its website. Basic information on the project is available now and more content will be loaded over the coming months.
The site can be viewed at: http://www.ipycaribou.ca/home
Submitted by Kirsten Murphy
As part of the October Polar Week CKLB radio (Yellowknife, Northwest Territories) hosted a panel discussion on the future of the Arctic on October 8th. Students from around the globe joined this live radio discussion about the complexity of the situation in the Arctic and the conflicts of interest between economic, environmental and social issues. Listeners heard classes around the globe share their concerns about the future of the Arctic and the reactions of a panel of regional elders, permafrost researchers, environmentalists, and politicians. Questions were received from students from Brazil and northern Canada as well as from bloggers in Norway, Antarctica and Greenland.
Submitted by Kate Sinclair
New Zealand’s national museum "Te Papa" (Maori translation "our place") hosted a family day event in recognition of Polar Week. Researchers, Julian Thomson and Kate Sinclair, offered youth a 'hands on' experience where 7-10 year old school children could experience what it is like for scientists to travel to Antarctica and see what kind of gear they need to both survive and do science in this environment.
The last International Polar Week – "What happens at the Poles affects us all" - in Brazil was a great success!!
In Rio Claro, SP, we had the pleasure of having Rotary Club Rio Claro Sul celebrating with us.
Professors Alexandre Perinotto and Luiz Simões, both geologists at the São Paulo State University at Rio Claro, gave a very interesting lecture on the Arctic, where Brazil's got a research station, to the members present on their 06 October meeting. It was such a great opportunity to learn about how the polar regions are linked to the rest of the world.
More information (in Portuguese) about the lecture can be found at: http://www.rioclarosul.com.br/portalrcrcs/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.22
At Colégio Puríssimo Coração de Maria, also in Rio Claro, the students celebrated in so many different ways. Many projects were developed (poem and song writing, painting, seminars, among others) through which everybody had the chance to learn a bit more about the polar regions.
Some of the students also took part in the radio programme broadcasted by CKLB Radio on 8 October. It was a very vivid discussion about the development of the Arctic and they were eager to learn from the panelists.
Submitted by Romina Abachi
Romina Abachi, a student at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute in Don Mills Ontario, organized an opportunity for her class to have Dr. Hayley Hung speak about her IPY research on how global emissions affect northern communities and how exploitation of the environment in the South has caused tremendous change in the North. Students were interested and surprised by the issues raised by Dr. Hung and were truly able to consider how we are all connected to the changes happening at the poles.
On 8 October 2009, a research team made up of scientists from the University of Wyoming, United States Geological Survey, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, participated in a live Polar Week event from the U.S. Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Sea, north of Barrow, Alaska. The research team and a high school teacher from California, Cristina Galvan, shared with participants information about the polar bear research they are conducting in the Beaufort Sea.