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International Polar Foundation (IPF)

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Tweestationsstraat 120A
1070 Brussel

Tel.: +32-(0)2-543 06 98
Fax: +32 (0)2 543 06 99
Type: Foundation

Our mission

The International Polar Foundation communicates and educates on Polar research as a way to understand key environmental and climate mechanisms. The IPF also promotes innovative and multifaceted responses to the complex challenges raised by the need for action on sustainable development.

Polar Regions & Climate Change
The International Polar Foundation believes that the polar regions and polar sciences are the best tools to convince our society to act now in order to mitigate the effects of climate change for future generations:

  • The polar regions play a key role in the global climate system of our planet;
  • The polar regions are our early warning systems in showing the pace and magnitude of climate change;
  • The polar regions are our archives. Earth's climate memory is recorded in their ice.

The IPF communicates with the general public on research in the polar regions through:

  • Information: developing, supporting and encouraging projects that inform the public about polar science and how it improves understanding of the causes and consequences of climate change.
  • Education: developing, supporting and encouraging innovative educational projects and materials to stimulate a positive public attitude towards polar science and action on climate change. This recognises the particular importance of outreach to the next generation which will experience the impacts of climate change on a great scale.
  • Demonstration: developing, supporting and encouraging projects offering constructive responses to sustainable development issues. The IPF also seeks to lead by example - in the IPF's own activities the best available methods and techniques for clean development are used wherever possible.

The wider objectives are:

  • To stimulate and lend support to the preoccupations and concerns of individuals and society, in seeking credible and ethical avenues of progress towards the future;
  • To rehabilitate the place of science in society, as a positive force for human and technological progress necessary for addressing the challenges of the twenty first century;
  • To raise public awareness of the reality of a changing World, and the role of scientific research, in understanding the processes causing the changes;
  • To demonstrate, by tangible examples, how human behaviour might be modified in order to mitigate the effects of coming changes;
  • To address the issues raised with regard to the consequences of a changing planet and adaptation to the effects of climate change, underlining the role that science and technology will play in helping to find solutions;
  • To stress the importance of scientific education for all to allow elementary but vital concepts, affecting the role of every individual in society, to be assimilated so that there is universal agreement and cooperation on the future direction of society;
  • To stress the importance of reviewing educational priorities and strategies so that the workforce has the skills necessary for the evolving economy;
  • To aim for a greater emphasis on investment in research so that the evolving needs of society with regard to cleaner and more efficient technologies can be met, generating a powerful new wave of innovation in industrial products and processes.

Publications (6)  Top | Projects 
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  • Peer reviewed article Goosse, H.; Brovkin, V.; Fichefet, T.; Haarsma, R.; Huybrechts, P.; Jongma, J.; Mouchet, A.; Selten, F.; Barriat, P.-Y.; Campin, J.-M.; Deleersnijder, E.; Driesschaert, E.; Goelzer, H.; Janssens, I.; Loutre, M.-F.; Morales Maqueda, M.A.; Opsteegh, T.; Mathieu, P.; Munhoven, G.; Pettersson, E.J.; Renssen, H.; Roche, D.M.; Schaeffer, M.; Tartinville, B.; Timmermann, A.; Weber, S.L. (2010). Description of the Earth system model of intermediate complexity LOVECLIM version 1.2. Geosci. Model Dev. 3(2): 603-633., more
  • Peer reviewed article Ingels, J.; Van Den Driessche, P.; De Mesel, I.G.; Vanhove, S.; Moens, T.; Vanreusel, A. (2010). Preferred use of bacteria over phytoplankton by deep-sea nematodes in polar regions. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 406: 121-133., more
  • Peer reviewed article Pattyn, F.; Matsuoka, K.; Berte, J. (2010). Glacio-meteorological conditions in the vicinity of the Belgian Princess Elisabeth Station, Antarctica. Antarctic Science 22(1): 79-85., more
  • Van Lancker, V.; Moerkerke, G.; Du Four, I.; Verfaillie, E.; Rabaut, M.; Degraer, S. (2012). Fine-scale geomorphological mapping of sandbank environments for the prediction of macrobenthic occurrences, Belgian Part of the North Sea, in: Harris, P. et al. (Ed.) Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHab Atlas of seafloor geomorphic features and benthic habitats. pp. 251-260., more
  • (2005). Polar regions and climate change = Poolgebieden en klimaatverandering = Régions polaires et changements climatiques = Polarregionen und Klimawandel = Regioni polari e cambiementi climatici = Regiones polares y cambio climático [CD-ROM]. International Polar Foundation: Brussel. 1 cd-rom pp., more
  • (2004). Poolgebieden en klimaatverandering [CD-ROM] = Polar regions and climate change [CD-ROM]. International Polar Foundation: Brussel. 1 cd-rom pp., more

Projects (4)  Top | Publications 
  • BE_POLES: Belgian Polar Research Cluster, more
  • BE-POLES: OA-CL-016 BE-POLES: Belgische Polaire onderzoekscluster, more
  • DAMOCLES: Developing Artic Modelling and Observing Capabilities for Long-term Environmental Studies, more
  • IPY-CARE: Climate of the Artic and its Role for Europe (CARE) - a European component of the International Polar Year, more

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