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

Thursday, January 29, 2009

IPY Educational Posters available for download.

IPY Educational Posters available for download. UNEP/GRID-Arendal, with financial support from the Research Council of Norway (Forskningsrådet), have released a set of five free downloadable educational posters for the International Polar Year (IPY), aimed at high school students. This project supports the education, outreach, and communications efforts of IPY.

The five posters are available for download in high resolution and accessible formats, in English and Norwegian texts, and are free to use.

1. The Polar Regions 2. Climate Change and the Poles 3. Polar People 4. Research in the Polar Regions 5. Biodiversity and the Poles

Monday, January 12, 2009

International AGAP project

The International AGAP project is exploring one of the most remote areas on the Earth to determine the history and nature of the formation of a mountain that rivals the Alps, but which is buried under four kilometers of ice. The Gamburtsev Mountains were discovered by the Russian East Antarctic traverse through seismic blasting as they travelled across Dome A in the last IPY. Fifty years later through the support of six nations, two remote base camps (AGAP S and AGAP N) and nine aircraft we are back to capture images of this remarkable land feature and to learn of its origin, how it has influenced the formation of subglacial lakes, the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, and to attempt to determine where the oldest ice of the Antarctic continent may be found. Join this adventure through the websites & blogs of the various countries - US, UK, Australia, Germany, China, Japan Home page: Includes education section (Blog for AGAP S camp run through Scienctific American is linked to this homepage) British Antarctic Survey webpage & blog Australian webpage & blog Margie Turrin Education Coordinator Lamont_Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University 61 Rte 9W Palisades NY 10964 845-365-8494 mkt@ldeo.colu,

Friday, January 9, 2009

Bunch of IPY stuff, January 09

A bunch of IPY stuff (of interest I hope, please review) from the last while. Happy New Year!


Congratulations to Turtle Haste (Project Circle teacher from New Mexico) and her "Sun Shadows" team! Their science experiment made the front page of the Antarctic Sun. ( ) ANDRILL has adopted and featured this experiment as part of our Project Circle. ( click on "Project Circle" then "Sun Shadows")

The next Polar Day will focus on Polar Oceans and occur between March 18th and 25th. The Day will include an ocean-related classroom activity translated in many languages, several live events connecting students around the world with polar researchers, and web pages filled with activities and scientific information about current ocean research.

We are currently looking for scientists involved in ocean-related research who would like to become involved in these events around the

world,- please pass this message on to colleagues and students who might be interested in participating in IPY Education and Outreach. For more information, please contact Nicola Munro ( ) and Rhian Salmon ( ).

Join in our Polar Cruise Blog coming to you from the R/V Laurence M. Gould beginning Tuesday, January 6th through approximately Friday, February 9th, 2009.

For more information, check out the website,

Hi everyone, I'm leaving on 1/2/2009 for a two month research cruise to the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica. I'll be attempting to keep in touch with a blog, which you can find at I'm hoping to make this more interactive than 2007 -- so please participate. It'll be fun, I promise. Let me know if you see obvious problems or have suggestions for something to add before I leave. Look forward to getting back in touch when I return! Chris Christopher Little Princeton University Department of Geosciences Guyot Hall, Room 28 Princeton, NJ 08544 609.258.4665

The National Snow and Ice Data Center has released a new educational Web site. For more information, visit the site at or contact NSIDC User Services at NSIDC's newest education offering, All About Frozen Ground (, provides comprehensive information about the importance of frozen ground. Frozen ground and permafrost, or ground that stays frozen for at least two years, is key to our understanding of climate, frozen ground ecosystems, and the interaction between land and atmosphere. Explore All About Frozen Ground to learn about the science behind frozen ground and why frozen ground matters to people, plants, and animals all over the world. Read an interview with permafrost expert and NSIDC Senior Scientist Tingjun Zhang, and browse a list of reading and classroom activities for K-12 learners. While you're there, submit comments on the site using our feedback form. Best regards, Betsy Sheffield NSIDC

In light of recent developments that threaten to lead to the break-up of the Wilkins Ice Shelf, the European Space Agency (ESA) is making daily satellite images of the ice shelf available to the public via the 'Webcam' from Space web page in order to monitor the developments as they occur.

Read more at:

The IPY IPO is building an ‘IPY memories’ photo gallery on Please join in if you would like your photos included — they don’t need to be of professional quality or of particular content, just images that reflect your experience of IPY. We are especially looking for images of IPY participants, whether at meetings, in the office or lab, or in the field.

For details of the submission process, please visit