In 2007-2008, many nations around the world will host an intense, coordinated field campaign of polar observations, research, and analysis called the "International Polar Year." This report presents an overview of potential science themes, enabling technologies, and public outreach opportunities that can be used to focus International Polar Year on societal needs. The committee recommends that the U.S. scientific community and participating agencies use this opportunity to better understand environmental change and variability in the polar regions; explore new scientific frontiers ranging from the molecular to the planetary scales; and engage the public through varied educations and outreach activities.
National Research Council. 2004. A Vision for the International Polar Year 2007-2008. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11013.
|1 Why An International Polar Year in 2007-2008?||9-17|
|2 Scientific Challenges for the International Polar Year||18-21|
|3 Understanding Change in the Polar Regions||22-40|
|4 Exploring Scientific Frontiers||41-53|
|5 Technology to Enable Innovative Observations||54-64|
|6 Increasing Public Understanding and Participation in Polar Science Through the International Polar Year||65-72|
|7 Actions Needed to Make the International Polar Year Succeed||73-79|
|Appendix A: International Partners in IPY 2007-2008||85-87|
|Appendix B: Biographical Sketches of Committee Members||88-94|
|Appendix C: Acronyms and Abbreviations||95-96|
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