The International Polar Year 2007/2008
Understanding the climate system of the earth is one of the largest challenges of our time. In this context, polar regions play a pivotal role. Melting ice caps at the poles are causing sea levels to rise and, consequently, will make many coastal areas uninhabitable. Thawing of permafrost regions will release enormous quantities of the greenhouse gas methane. Therefore, the fate of the polar regions has a direct effect on our lives.
Research under extreme conditions
Conducting research in the inhospitable regions of the Arctic and Antarctic requires tremendous logistical efforts. Within the context of the International Polar Year from March 1, 2007 to March 1, 2009, scientists from 60 nations joined force to investigate the polar regions. Numerous media representatives, artists and teachers, involved in Polar Year activities, contributed by conveying the beauty of the Arctic and Antarctic and by passing on the fascination of polar research. This will enable the general public and upcoming talents to join, right from its start, the exciting journey to unknown worlds of ice.
- The International Website about the International Polar Year,