Smithsonian Institution Publishes Proceedings of International Polar Diving Workshop


The Smithsonian Institution has announced the release of the Proceedings of the 2007 International Polar Diving Workshop, an IPY contribution from the international polar scientific diving community.  

Copies of the proceedings are available as a .pdf file from the Smithsonian Institution's Scientific Diving Program Web site.

Sixteen papers, edited discussion sessions and consensus recommendations are presented in the volume.

The document includes overviews of scientific diving programs in the polar regions from national representatives of Canada, Finland, New Zealand, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the U.S. as well as discussions of technical aspects of polar diving. 

The Proceedings covers the topics discussed during an interdisciplinary, international polar scientific diving workshop that took place at the Arctic Marine Laboratory in Ny-Alesund, Svalbard, Norway in March 2007.  The U.S. National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, National Facility for Scientific Diving (NFSD), and Diving Unlimited International provided major support to the workshop.

During the meeting, 28 participants from around the world discussed scientific, physiological and operational considerations of working under ice using scuba in polar environments.