International Polar Days

Presenting the main topics in IPY

In response to journalists and educators wanting an "angle" on the extremely broad International Polar Year, quarterly International Polar Days are being planned that focus on a particular aspect of polar research. These days will include press releases, background information, access to experts, links to images and video, educational and community activities, and connection to researchers in the field.


The currently planned schedule for IPY Days are as follows:


International Polar Days occur approximately around the solstices and equinoxes to mark the changing solar cycle, experienced in the extreme at the polar regions. In the summer, the polar regions experience 24 hours of sunlight, in winter, the sun is continually below the horizon, and at the equinoxes the sun is above the horizon for 12 hours all over the world. More information can be found here: Solstices, Equinoxes, and the Polar regions



Sea ice (Photo: Heinz Kohnen, Alfred Wegener Institute)

September 21st, 2007: 1st International Polarday

Sea Ice

Expedition traverse (Photo: Sepp Kipfstuhl, Alfred Wegener Institute)

December 13th, 2007: 2nd International Polarday

Ice Sheets -  ice sheets, traverses, expeditions, adventure

Polarstern sediment core archive (Photo: Hannes Grobe, Alfred Wegener Institute)

March 12th, 2008: 3rd International Polarday

Changing Earth, Past & Present - ice, climate, oceans, paleoclimate, Earth history

Permafrost (Photo: Hanno Meyer)

June 18th, 2008: 4th International Polarday

Land and Life - permafrost, terrestrial biodiversity, hydrology, snow

Transport by sledge in 1930 (Photo: Johannes Georgi, Alfred Wegener Institute)

September 24th, 2008: 5th International Polarday

People - social sciences

Balloon measurements (Photo: Alfred Wegener Institute)

December 4th, 2008: 6th International Polarday

Above the Poles - astronomy, meteorology, atmospheric sciences

Scotoplanes globosa (Photo: Pablo J. Lopez, Alfred Wegener Institute)

March 18th, 2009: 7th International Polarday

Polar Oceans