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Project Description
It is envisioned that the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 will be an
intense, internationally coordinated campaign of research that will initiate a
new era in polar science. IPY 2007-2008 will include research in both polar
regions and recognise the strong links these regions have with the rest of the
globe. It will involve a wide range of research disciplines, including the
social sciences, but the emphasis will be interdisciplinary in its approach and
truly international in participation. It aims to educate and involve the
public, and to help train the next generation of engineers, scientists, and

The International Council for Science (ICSU) formally agreed to establish an
International Polar Year in 2007-2008 and formed an International Planning
Group to direct the development of an IPY programme. The World Meteorological
Organization (WMO) agreed to co-sponsor the Polar Year with ICSU and
contributed to the Planning Group activities in 2003-2004. In September 2004
the Planning Group completed its brief and handed over leadership of the Polar
Year planning to the ICSU-WMO Joint Committee.

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