Although the icy landscapes of the planet’s poles may seem distant, scientific research in these areas can yield insights that are important to the entire planet. International Polar Year, or IPY, was an intense, coordinated polar research field campaign  to better understand the key roles the polar regions play in global processes.

Cover of A Vision for the International Polar Year ReportThe last International Polar Year ran from March 1, 2007 to March 1, 2009 and involved more than 50,000 researchers in numerous science disciplines and from 60 different nations. The National Research Council’s Polar Research Board has produced two expert consensus reports in support of International Polar Year.

A Vision for the International Polar Year 2007-2008, released in 2004, provided a framework for planning science activities in preparation for International Polar Year.

Cover of Lessons and Legacies of International Polar Year ReportLessons and Legacies of International Polar Year, released in April 2012, assessed how International Polar Year contributed to polar science and identified opportunities to build on these successes.

Click here to view the recorded webinar presentation with report co-chairs, Julie Brigham-Grette and Robert Bindschadler.

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