International Polar Year (IPY), 2007-2008,
Information for the Research and Education Communities
The International Polar Year, which extended from March 2007 through March 2009, was envisioned as an intense scientific campaign to explore new frontiers in polar science, improve our understanding of the critical role of the polar regions in global processes, and educate students, teachers, and the public about the polar regions and their importance to the global system. Projects had multi- and interdisciplinary scopes, left a legacy of infrastructure and data, expanded international cooperation, engaged the public in polar discovery, and helped attract the next generation of scientists and engineers.
The President's Office of Science and Technology Policy designated the National Science Foundation (NSF) as the lead Federal agency in organizing U.S.-IPY activities. In 2005 the U.S. National Committee for IPY, formed under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences, published International Polar Year 2007-2008: Report of the Implementation Workshop, which articulates a framework for the science ideas submitted by many individuals and
research communities in the United States for the next IPY. A joint committee of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published additional planning information and facilitated international cooperation through an international program office in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
This page and the associated pages provide background information on NSF-funded research, funding opportunities, and other related information. Information on the activities of other Federal agencies and for the public is available through the U.S. Interagency International Polar Year site.
- Planning (Pre-IPY)
- Follow-up (Post-IPY)
nsf ipy awards
NSF IPY Information
- Select Press Releases and Fact Sheets
(More NSF polar-related press releases are available at /news/index.jsp?org=OPP&news_type=0&ord=rcnt or in the News and Events Section of the archived IPY.gov web site at /news/ipy/Default3615.html?tabid=57)
- International Polar Year Funds Research and Exploration by Teachers, Students and the Public (Press Release 06-132), September 20, 2006
- On the Verge of the International Polar Year, NSF Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of First Flight To Land at the South Pole (Press Release 06-158), October 31, 2006
- Multinational Scientific Expedition Kicks Off International Polar Year 2007-2008 (Press Release 06-176), December 19, 2006
- NSF and the International Polar Year 2007-2008 (Fact Sheet), February 5, 2007
- United States Launches New International Polar Year (Press Release 07-017), February 28, 2007
- Arctic and Antarctic-themed Activities to Bring a Breath of Polar Air to Baltimore (Press Release 09-043), March 16, 2009
- Web Casts and Video
- Related Material
- Fiscal Year 2008 NSF Budget Request
- Fiscal Year 2007 NSF Budget Request
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Last updated: 30 July 2012