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

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Next IPY Science Day--Changing Earth; Past, Present, and Future

--- apologies for cross-posting. please circulate around your networks ---
Dear colleagues,
The next quarterly IPY Science Day, or International Polar Day, will occur on March 12th, 2008, and focus on Changing Earth; Past, Present, and Future.
The polar region are critical archives of polar change. Different techniques and disciplines are used to learn about Earth's history over millions, thousands, and hundreds of years. Observations monitor and explore the Earth today, and models developed from these sciences help predict the future. By learning more about the Earth in the past, and how climates have changed previously, we equip ourselves to better predict and understand changes we are experiencing today, and will experience in the future.
The IPY Science Day on March 12th will focus on change over geological time, especially the glacial and interglacial periods that have occurred during the past million years, and cycles of ocean- atmosphere interactions that give rise to regional climate variations on scales of decades to centuries. Understanding these processes, and the science projects that investigate them, is critical in order to put recent human- induced climate change into context.
During the next few weeks we are coordinating a number of events, activities, and resources around the theme of Changing Earth. This includes
background information about the science
contacts and information about relevant IPY projects and scientists
multi-lingual educational activities
community 'virtual balloon launch'
press releases
live web- and video-conferences
stories from the Arctic and Antarctic
Please contact Rhian Salmon ( if you would like to get involved in this event, or share a resource, activity, or area of expertise.
Please also circulate this information around your networks, and encourage wide involvement in this event across a range of educators, communicators, and media.
To stay in touch with updates and activities, please subscribe to the IPY open discussion space and announcements at:
best wishes
Dr Rhian A Salmon
IPY Education and Outreach Coordinator
+44 (0) 7711181509
AIM / skype: rhiansalmon
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