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International Polar Day - Land and Life
Polar landscapes and polar terrestrial ecosystems extend from southern cold maritime islands to dry continental deserts in Antarctica, and from tree line across the continental tundra to remote northern islands in the Arctic. Ice, in the forms of permafrost, snow, and ice cover, plays a dominant role in all these environments, and the biological communities survive through remarkable adaptations and extensive migration. Polar ecosystems also survive in alpine areas. The climatological and ecological pressures that act on mountain-top populations also act on the northern-most and southern-most ecosystems.

 
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Participating Scientists:

Dr Rhian Salmon, IPY Education and Outreach Coordinator, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK.

Dr Maarten Loonen, senior scientist, Arctic Centre and Willem Barentsz Polar Institute, University of Groningen, Netherlands and station manager of the Netherlands Arctic Station.

Associate Professor Jonas Akerman, Dep. of Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis, Lund University, Sweden.

Margareta Johansson, PhD student, GeoBiosphere Science Centre, Lund University and the Abisko Scientific Research Station, Sweden.

Dr Paul Overduin, senior research scientist, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar Research in Potsdam, Germany.

Dr Hugues Lantuit, postdoctoral researcher, Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine **Research, Potsdam, Germany.

 

 

Changing Earth: past and present
The polar regions are critical archives of polar change. By learning more about the Earth in the past, and how climates have changed previously, we are better able to predict and understand changes we are experiencing today, and will experience in the future.

To help us explore this we welcome

   

Professor Tim Naish
Director: Antarctic Research Centre at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Co-Chief scientist on the 1st ANDRILL project

Tamsin Falconer
Centre Manager:  Antarctic  Research Centre at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and Assistant to the Drilling Science Manager

Mike Craven
Australian Antarctic Division: Glaciology Program
Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre at the University of Tasmania,  Australia

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Very Cool Science: a live global on-line event

From 1-14th July 2007, high-school students from across Australia and around the world gathered at The University of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia for the 34th International Science School (ISS), EcoScience – two weeks of scientific lectures, activities and social events with a focus on the environment and ecological science, and attention on IPY and the polar regions.

On Thursday July 5th, 2007 at 7.00pm Sydney time, the ISS presented a unique opportunity for high-school students to participate in a global webcast discussing polar science. Students, teachers and interested observers attended this 45 minute event hosted in Sydney, both at the ISS and online across the world, and participated real time in interactive presentations and discussions with scientists and residents located in the Arctic, Antarctic and their research facilities.

 
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