The International Polar Year is a large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009. IPY, organized through the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), is actually the fourth polar year, following those in 1882-3, 1932-3, and 1957-8.
In order to have full and equal coverage of both the Arctic and the Antarctic, IPY 2007-2008 covers two full annual cycles from March 2007 to March 2009 and will involve over 200 projects, with 60.000 scientists from over 60 nations examining a wide range of physical, biological and social research topics. It is also an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate, follow, and get involved with, cutting edge science in real-time. The campaign aims to educate and involve the public while helping to train the next generation of engineers, scientists and leaders. IPY 2007-2008 will initiate a new era in polar science with a stronger emphasis on interdisciplinary research including physical, ecological and social sciences, and strong partnerships with indigenous communities and educators.
THIS BOOK HAS BEEN SELECTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL POLAR OFFICE (CAMBRIDGE, UK) TO BE IN THE IPY POLAR BOOKS COLLECTION. SEE THE LINK TO THE RIGHT.