International Polar Year (2007 to 2008)
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The International Polar Year (IPY) is a large scientific programme focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009. The IPY, organized through the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), is the fourth polar year, following those in 1882-3, 1932-3, and 1957-8.
To have full and equal coverage of the Arctic and the Antarctic, IPY 2007-8 covers two full annual cycles from March 2007 to March 2009. There are over 200 projects, with thousands of scientists from over 60 nations examining a range of physical, biological and social research topics. There is also the opportunity for the public to follow science in these regions as it occurs.
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