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

Friday, September 14, 2007

Join the International Polar Year Events that focus on Sea Ice!

(1) IPY Data Stories - Sea Ice Videoconference and Webcast 18 September 2008 1600 UTC, 1800 Germany, Noon Eastern, 10 AM Mountain Time, 8 AM Alaska Learn about the "who, what, where, when, how and why" of sea ice research by joining the first of the IPY Data Stories series, which will be archived on the web for on-demand viewing. In conjunction with the first International Polar Day on September 21, 2007, scientists studying sea ice from the National Snow and Ice Data Center at CU Boulder, the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany, and at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks will present their recent data and findings in a video conference and webcast with students who will ask questions of the scientists. Topics will include examining the record low sea ice extent in the Arctic, the impacts of the loss of sea ice on coastal communities, and ecosystems that exist under the ice. The video conference will be webcast and archived by MAGPI at the University of Pennsylvania. (2) INTERNATIONAL POLAR DAY On September 21, 2007, the International Polar Year (IPY) will launch its first International Polar Day, focusing on Sea Ice. In preparation for this, a special sea ice web page has been prepared with information for Press and Educators, details of current projects and expeditions, contact details for scientists around the world, including in the polar regions, images, background information and useful links and resources.

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