The ICSU International Polar Year Planning Group (IPY-PG) has endorsed that 2007-2008 will be a year focusing on polar science and has identified three overarching themes to serve as the foundation for IPY 2007-2008:

  • Exploration of New Frontiers
  • Understanding Change at the Poles
  • Decoding Polar Processes
The above key components of IPY must reflect bipolar issues, be multi-disciplinary, include social science, and have a strong element of community outreach and education.