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International Polar Year 2007-08

SCAR, along with IASC and other partners are now concentrating on the legacies of the International Polar Year. The information below represents an archive of relevant reports and information during the IPY.


Ministers Sign 2009 Declaration on the IPY and its Legacy

The 2009 Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting began in Washington DC on April 6 2009 with a joint meeting of the Parties to the Antarctic Treaty and the Member States of the Arctic Council, who came together in the persons of their various Environment Ministers to sign a joint Ministerial Declaration on the International Polar Year and Polar Science. The declaration (see pdf attached) is a call to arms for more research in the polar regions and for implementing the IPY legacy. The meeting was opened by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, who underlined the intention of the new US administration to focus on the issue of climate change.


  1. International Polar Year website: www.ipy.org

  2. IPY Science Conferences:

  3. IPY 2007-08 Preparation Phase

  4. SCAR Papers relevant to IPY

  5. IPY Data Management

  6. "Scope of Science for the International Polar Year"

  7. Related programme: International Year of Planet Earth (2007-2009)

  8. The First International Polar Year

  9. SCAR and the IPYs over the years


IPY Proposals approved in April 2006

Press Release

SCAR News on the IPY

Example of National Approaches


IPY Director Dave Carlson gives closing address for IPY

Dave Carlson speaking during the closing ceremony for IPY

The photograph shows Dave Carlson on the podium at WMO Headquarters during the closing ceremony for the IPY on 25 February 2009, summing up the exciting results achieved so far.


Photographs from the IPY Joint Committee Meeting and Dinner, 4-5 July 2008 in St Petersburg, Russia

IPY JC meeting room with participants around the table

IPY JC Meeting (left to right): T de Bruin, O Rogne, N Munro, M Beland, I Allison, C Summerhayes, K Alverson, T Mohr, D Carlson, G Hovelsrud, J Lopez and R Bell.

IPY JC meeting room with participants around the table

IPY JC Meeting (left to right): T de Bruin, O Rogne, N Munro, M Beland, I Allison, C Summerhayes, AARI technician, T Mohr, K Iverson, J Lopez and R Bell.

IPY JC meeting room with participants around the table

IPY JC Meeting (left to right): T Yamanouchi, R Salmon, M Beland, O Rogne, N Munro, I Allison (obscured), K Alverson (holding paper), AARI technician, T Mohn (obscured), D Carlson, G Hovelsrud, H Odmark (obscured), J Lopez, R Bell, V Kotlyakov, E Sarukhanian, C Rapley (back of head) and, against the wall, K Iverson.

IPY JC meeting room with participants around the table

IPY JC Meeting (left to right): against wall, M Pauls and S Zicus; foreground D Carlson, H Odmark (obscured), G Hovelsrud, J Lopez, R Bell, E Sarukhanian, P Cutler, C Rapley, T Yamanouchi, K Daniel, R Salmon, O Rogne, N Munro, I Allison, unknown (obscured) and K Alverson.

IPY JC dinner top table, with Ed Sarukhanian speaking

IPY JC Dinner (left to right): S Zicus, J Lopez, M Pauls, O Orheim, N Munro, E Sarukhanian, D Carlson and C Summerhayes.

J Lopez and S Zicus listening to the speech, amused

IPY JC Dinner (left to right): J Lopez, M Pauls, S Zicus and K Alverson (obscured).

IPY JC dinner top table, with Ed Sarukhanian speaking

IPY JC Dinner (left to right): O Orheim, E Sarukhanian, D Carlson and C Summerhayes.

Laughter at the top table, IPY JC Dinner

IPY JC Dinner (left to right): O Orheim, N Munro (obscured) E Sarukhanian and D Carlson.

Sarukhanian, Kotlyakov and Lopez outside the meeting

IPY JC: E Sarukhanian, V Kotlyakov and S Lopez.

Ed Sarukhanian and Vladimir Kotlyakov relax with a glass of wine

IPY JC: E Sarukhanian and V Kotlyakov.