International Polar Year, or IPY (2007-2009) is by far the most exciting international scientific and educational opportunity of this century. For the next two years, all eyes will be focused on the physical, social and human dimensions of our planet's polar regions. Watch this blog for news related to Canadian outreach and education efforts related to IPY. Of particular interest to educators! Note: This blog is created independently of any official IPY organization

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

World Ocean Forum On-Line Event: International Polar Year

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May 23, 2007

Dear Ocean Colleague,

The World Ocean Observatory is pleased to announce the launch of our World Ocean Forum On-Line Event: International Polar Year

Many physical and biological systems on the Earth appear to be experiencing substantial recent changes, beyond the expected range of natural variability. These changes show most clearly, and appear to happen most quickly, at the poles. Between 2007 and 2009, thousands of physical, biological and social scientists from more than 60 nations will study the polar regions as part of a large internationally-coordinated research effort known as the International Polar Year (IPY).

The World Ocean Observatory is working in partnership with IPY on several projects during this time. These will be available on this site as they occur over the next two years.

Visit the site for interviews with preeminent scientists involved with IPY:

Kathleen Conlan – Research Scientist, Canadian Museum of Nature

Louis Fortier – Scientific Director of ArcticNet

Michael Stoddart – Chief Scientist, Australian Government Antarctic Division

Patti VirtueInstitute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania

Steve Rintoul – Climate Variability & Change Program, ACE CRC

David HikCanada Research Chair in Northern Ecology, University of Alberta;

Executive Director, Secretariat, International Polar Year

To view our current newsletter – the W2O OCEAN OBSERVER: International Polar Year 2007 will Mark a Major Leap in Our Understanding and Appreciation of Polar by Tundi Agardy, PhD, click here.

The World Ocean Observatory is dedicated to information, education and public discourse about the ocean defined as an integrated global social system. We believe that informed citizens worldwide can unite to sustain the ocean through mitigation and change of human behavior on land and sea.

For information on other International Polar Year projects and initiatives, visit the IPY website:

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