IPY vision

IPY is envisioned as an intense program of internationally coordinated polar observations, exploration, and analysis, with strong education and outreach components.

To be successful, IPY should be visionary and more than a continuation of present efforts, – although current and planned efforts and enabling technologies should be part of what is done.

IPY must address both the Arctic and Antarctic, and look for linkages between the regions.

IPY must be multi-disciplinary, including study of human dimensions, and truly international.

Ideally, IPY will provide both specific short-term outcomes and lay a foundation for longer-term commitments.

If done well, IPY could attract and develop a new generation of polar scientists.