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Science in the North and IPY (International Polar Year)

This site provides a listing of materials and resources related to the role of science and technology in the circumpolar north and IPY (International Polar Year). Anyone wishing to contribute to this site is encouraged to contact the coordinator of the Alaska Native Knowledge Network at (907) 474-1902, or send an email message to

International Polar Year 2007-2008
"The International Polar Year is a large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009.
IPY, organized through the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), is actually the fourth polar year, following those in 1882-3, 1932-3, and 1957-8. In order to have full and equal coverage of both the Arctic and the Antarctic, IPY 2007-8 covers two full annual cycles from March 2007 to March 2009 and will involve over 200 projects, with thousands of scientists from over 60 nations examining a wide range of physical, biological and social research topics. It is also an unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate, follow, and get involved with, cutting edge science in real-time."

US Committee to the International Polar Year
" The International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 is envisioned as an intense, internationally coordinated campaign of research that will initiate the dawn of a new era in polar science. IPY 2007-2008 will include research in both polar regions and involve strong links to the rest of the globe. It will be multi- and interdisciplinary in scope and truly international in participation. It will educate and excite the public, and help train the next generation of engineers, scientists, and leaders. It will include elements from a wide range of scientific disciplines, including issues related to human populations."

Alaska Native Science Commission
Excerpt: "The Alaska Native Science Commission was created to bring together research and science in partnership with the Native community. It serves as a clearinghouse for proposed research, an information base for ongoing and past research and an archive for significant research involving the Native community. We provide information, referral and networking services for researchers seeking active partners in the Native community."

Arctic Sciences Section
The National Science Foundation, Arctic Science Section in the Office of Polar Programs provides a great deal of information. Their program areas include: Arctic Research Opportunities, Arctic Natural Sciences, Arctic System Science (ARCSS), Arctic Social Sciences, and Arctic Research and Policy. There is other information available.

The Inuit Circumpolar Conference (Canada)
Contacts and information regarding the 1996 Inuit Circumpolar Conference

Science Daily Magazine
The on-line version of Science Daily Magazine. Includes current (updated daily) headlines and articles covering all branches of science.

Antarctica: A Passport to Knowledge
This Web site contains information from the original Live From Antarctica , which was active from November 1994 to February 1995.


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Alaska Native Knowledge Network
University of Alaska Fairbanks
PO Box 756730
Fairbanks  AK 99775-6730
Phone (907) 474.1902
Fax (907) 474.1957
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Last modified June 20, 2012