International Polar Year
IPY 2007-2008
Updated on 17/3/05

IPY Themes

Draft Themes for IPY 2007-08

1. To determine the present environmental status of the polar regions by quantifying their spatial and temporal variability.

2. To quantify, and understand, past and present environmental and human change in the polar regions in order to improve predictions.

3. To advance our understanding of polar - global interactions by studying teleconnections on all scales.

4. To investigate the unknowns at the frontiers of science in the polar regions.

5. To use the unique vantage point of the polar regions to develop and enhance observatories studying the Earth's inner core, the Earth's magnetic field, geospace, the Sun and beyond.

6. To investigate the cultural, historical, and social processes that shape the resilience and sustainability of circumpolar human societies, and to identify their unique contributions to global cultural diversity and citizenship

Strengthening international science for the benefit of society