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IPY.gov is Now an Archived SIte

4/30/2012 In April of 2012, a conference in Montreal drew the International Polar Year 2007-2009 to an official end. For linsk to archived materials click the headline above.

Study using NASA Data shows Global Glaciers, Ice Caps Shedding Billions of Tons of Mass Annually

2/8/2012 Earth’s glaciers and ice caps outside of the regions of Greenland and Antarctica are shedding roughly 150 billion tons of ice annually, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

University of Nevada Researchers using New Technology to Record Antarctic Ocean, Ice Temperatures

12/23/2011 Half-mile long thermometers have been dropped through the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica that will give the world relevant data on sea and ice temperatures for tracking climate change and its effect on the glacial ice surrounding the continent.

NSF Awards University of Alaska $16 million to Support Arctic Science

11/16/2011 The National Science Foundation has awarded $16.3 million to the University of Alaska Fairbanks in support of the Toolik Field Station, a major site for national and international research in the North American Arctic since 1975.

Antarctica's Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains Mystery Solved

11/16/2011 Researchers with the IPY centerpiece AGAP project may have at last answered a 50 year-old conundrum. They may now know how Antarctica's Gamburtsev Subglacial Mountains were formed, a question scientists have pondered since 1958.

Pine Island Glacier: A Scientific Quest in Antarctica to Determine What's Causing Ice Loss

11/9/2011 In an IPY project funded by the National Science Foundation and NASA, researchers will helicopter onto the Pine Island Glacier ice shelf, to determine how much heat ocean currents deliver to the underside and how that may accelerate melting.

NSIDC: Arctic Sea Ice at Minimum Extent, Second Lowest in Satellite Record

9/15/2011 Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its lowest extent for the year. The minimum ice extent was the second lowest in the satellite record, after 2007, and continues the decadal trend of rapidly decreasing summer sea ice.

USGS: Observations of Climate Change from Indigenous Alaskans

9/13/2011 In USGS-coordinated interviews, Yup'ik hunters and elders expressed concerns ranging from safety, such as unpredictable weather patterns and dangerous ice conditions, to changes in plants and animals as well as decreased availability of firewood.

Statement by Karl A. Erb, Head of the National Science Foundation's Office of Polar Programs on the Death of Martin (Marty) Bergmann

8/31/2011 On behalf of NSF and the U.S. Arctic researchers it supports, I wish to express our collective sadness at the death of Martin ("Marty") Bergmann, director of Canada's Polar Continental Shelf Program and a leading light in Arctic science.

NOAA and Three Global Energy Companies Agree to Share Ocean, Coastal and Meteorological Data for the Arctic

8/22/2011 NOAA, Shell Exploration & Production, ConocoPhillips, and Statoil USA E&P Inc. have agreed to share a number of scientific data sets, including weather and ocean observations, biological information, and sea-ice and sea-floor mapping studies.
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