International Polar Year 2007
Comprehending Earth's climate system is one of the largest challenges of our time. In this context, polar regions play a pivotal role. Melting ice caps at the poles are causing sea levels to rise and, consequently,
will make many coastal areas uninhabitable. Thawing of permafrost
regions will release enormous quantities of the greenhouse gas methane.
Therefore, the fate of the polar regions has a direct effect on our lives.
Research in Extreme ConditionsConducting research in the inhospitable regions of the Arctic and Antarctic requires tremendous logistical efforts. Within the International Polar Year from March 1, 2007 to March 1, 2009, scientists from 60 nations will join forces to investigate the polar regions. Numerous media representatives, artists and teachers, involved in Polar Year activities, will contribute by conveying the beauty of the Arctic and Antarctic and by passing on the fascination of polar research. This will enable the general public and forthcoming projects to join, right from the start, an exciting journey into obscured worlds of ice environments.
The International Website about the International Polar Year, http://www.ipy.org