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polar bearsInternational Polar Year 2007-2008

The International Polar Year is a large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009. > More


Preliminary findings

Polar research reveals new evidence of global environmental change

coverGeneva, 25 February 2009 (WMO/ICSU) – Multidisciplinary research from the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 provides new evidence of the widespread effects of global warming in the polar regions. Snow and ice are declining in both polar regions, affecting human livelihoods as well as local plant and animal life in the Arctic, as well as global ocean and atmospheric circulation and sea level. These are but a few findings reported in “State of Polar Research”, released today by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). In addition to lending insight into climate change, IPY has aided our understanding of pollutant transport, species’ evolution, and storm formation, among many other areas.  

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Polar year comes to a close

Paris and Geneva. The International Polar Year 2007–2008 (IPY), the largest polar research and education venture ever undertaken, will formally come to a close at a ceremony in Oslo on Saturday 12 June 2010—the final day of the IPY Oslo Science Conference. The IPY sponsors, the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), will thank the many thousands of participants who made the IPY a spectacular international success, before passing the baton to the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and WMO Executive Council Panel on Polar Observations, Research and Services, to secure the legacy of this important initiative. >>More


Polar research boosts understanding of our climate and global environment

Summary of International Polar Year


Geneva, 28 March 2011 (WMO/ICSU) – The largest coordinated research project ever undertaken into the Arctic and Antarctic regions yielded a treasure trove of information which will shape our understanding of the polar regions, global oceans, climate and climate change for decades ahead, according to a summary of the research released today. >>More

Summary report, “Understanding Earth’s Polar Challenges”



Our Polar Heritage

A unique photographic testimony of the International Polar Year 2007-2008: one of the most ambitious internationally coordinated and interdisciplinary research endeavours ever attempted > More




















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