Australian polar research at the close of the International Polar Year
26 February 2009
Australian Antarctic scientists joined with polar researchers around the world to celebrate two years of intensive, internationally coordinated scientific research for the International Polar Year (2007–2009), which officially ended on 25 February 2009. A celebration was held in Geneva, Switzerland, coinciding with the release of the report, The State of Polar Research. This report provides an overview of the collective impact of international and interdisciplinary research conducted during the IPY, and the future of polar research.
Many of the projects gathered information which has been, or aims to be, stored in broadly accessible databases. These data are a key IPY legacy and will be invaluable for future research and, in some cases, will provide benchmark information against which environmental change can be observed. A number of observational systems and associated infrastructure were also established, and equipment installed, which will enable continued and long-term research. Some research, such as that conducted during CAML and the Aliens in Antarctica project, has already instigated practical changes that will assist future conservation of the Antarctic environment.
Photo: Esmee Van Wijk
Altogether, the success of the Australian projects in delivering on the four major goals of the IPY – advances in polar knowledge; a legacy of infrastructure and observational systems; inspiring a new generation of scientists; and public outreach – will ensure the scale, success and broad understanding of Antarctic research, made possibly by the IPY, will continue.
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