26 February, 2007 -- International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 officially gets underway on 1 March, 2007. IPY, which is a programme of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), will be the largest internationally coordinated scientific research effort in 50 years.
During the course of IPY, thousands of scientists, from over 60 countries and a wide range of research disciplines, will carry out 220 science and outreach projects under six major themes:
The campaign also aims to educate and involve the public while helping to train the next generation of engineers, scientists and leaders.
Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, Mr Michel Jarraud says: IPY comes at a crossroads for the planets future; Februarys first phase of the Fourth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has shown that these regions are highly vulnerable to rising temperatures.
However, meteorological and other
Contact: Mark Oliver
Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research