More than 100 countries will undertake more than 800 projects involving students, teachers and the public to increase understanding of the Earth's polar regions.
The International Council for Science (ICSU) in conjunction with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) formally established an International Polar Year in 2007-2008, the 125th anniversary of the first polar year and the 50th anniversary of the International Geophysical Year. ICSU/WMO formed an International Planning Group to facilitate the development of an IPY program and to provide project integration where appropriate.
For more information and a list of international participants, see the IPY.org Web site.
A list of other IPY sites of interest:
International IPY news
Feb. 19, 2008
Observing sustainable tourism in Antarctica
“Antarctica is the ultimate destination for anyone interested in natural history but it also challenges those people who visit to think broadly about our responsibilities to all life on Earth.” That's the view of Robert Lambert, a lecturer on Tourism and the Environment at The University of Nottingham, who has just returned from the Antarctic in his role as an Observer for the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO).
Dr Lambert, who is a member of the Business School's Christel DeHaan Tourism and Travel Research Institute, says the relationship between nature and people is complex and constantly changing and great positives can come from tourism in Antarctica. He believes those lucky enough to experience it could become ambassadors for the region to help develop a 'constituency' of support for Antarctica.
Sept. 5, 2007
Belgium building zero-emission Antarctic station
Belgium is building the first ever zero-emission polar station in the Antarctic, powered by solar panels and wind turbines and designed to have minimal impact on the climate change its scientists are studying. All waste from the Princess Elisabeth station, housing up to 20 researchers, will be recycled. Fossil fuel will only be used for back-up systems.
July 6, 2007:
Researchers: Greenland Really Was Green!
DNA from the bottom of an ice core indicates the presence of trees and insects. The findings are the first direct proof that there was forest in southern Greenland.
This research was funded by the Carlsberg Foundation, National Science Foundation of Denmark, the Wellcome Trust, Natural Environment Research Council, European Union, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, McMaster University, the Polar Continental Shelf Project, Max Planck Society and the Swiss National Science Foundation