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 Virtue – Institute of Antarctic and Southern Ocean Studies, University of Tasmania
Steve Rintoul – Climate Variability & Change Program, ACE CRC
David Hik – Canada Research Chair in Northern Ecology, University of Alberta;
Executive Director, Secretariat, International Polar Year
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: http://www.ipy.org