Watch our May Webinar on the Lessons and Legacies of IPY 2007-2008
If you missed our webinar with Bob Bindschadler and Julie Brigham-Grette on May 2, you can view the archived presentation online (1 hour 9 minutes).
International Polar Year 2007-2008 (IPY) was an intense, coordinated field campaign of observations, research, and analysis. IPY engaged the public to communicate the relevance of polar research to the entire planet, strengthened connections with the Indigenous people of the Arctic, and established new observational networks. Overall, IPY was an outstanding success. Legacies and Lessons of the International Polar Year 2007-2008 explains how activities at both poles led to scientific discoveries that provided a step change in scientific understanding and helped translate scientific knowledge into policy-relevant information. At a time when the polar regions are undergoing a transformation from an icy wilderness to a new zone for human affairs, these insights could not be more timely or more relevant. From outreach activities that engaged the general public to projects that brought researchers from multiple disciplines and several nations together, the legacies of IPY extend far beyond the scientific results achieved, and valuable lessons learned from the process will guide future endeavors of similar magnitude.
You can read more about the report, download a free PDF of the prepublication version of the report, or read a 4-page Report in Brief. Find more resources, news updates, and information about National Research Council IPY reports at the U.S. International Polar Year website.