International Polar Year (IPY)

International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008, Polar Resources in the NOAA Library Network


The NOAA Historical Polar Research Collection home page has been prepared to support the Agency's and NOAA Central Library (NCL) activities during International Polar Year 2007-2008. It displays the NCL network's unique online resources on exploration and research in Polar Regions. The collection includes selected library holdings from the 1st (1881-1883) through the 3rd (1957-1958) International Polar Years. This Web site offers full-text access to unique polar documents in the NOAA Library collections. Over two hundred of the listed documents are linked to previously scanned historically significant publications online.

These documents are also accessible via the Polar Bibliography: International Polar Year 2007-2008: Resources on Polar Research in the NOAA Central Library Network: a Selected Bibliography published online under LISD Current Reference Series 2006-1 (Updated as of September 2008) and is available to the international community via the NOAA Central Library Bibliography's home page and its online catalog NOAALINC.

In addition, over 2000 digital images on polar aspects from the NOAA Photo Library and NOAA Polar Posters are here also available.

The International Polar Year 2007-2008 Official Site

What is the International Polar Year?

The Polar Regions are remote areas of the Earth that have profound significance for the Earth's climate and environment, ecosystems and society.  Unfortunately, despite their importance there is a knowledge gap in relation to polar regions and their ecosystems.  The International Polar Year (IPY) is an collaborative effort among multiple nations and institutions to conduct and share polar region research, in an effort to address the importance of understanding these sensitive regions and the impact of climate change.  The last Polar Year was from March 1, 2007 through March 1, 2009. For more detailed information on the scope and background of IPY (specifically the 2007-2009 year) please visit the following sites:

International Polar Year 2007-2009 (IPY)

National Science Foundation IPY Program

The Scope of Science for the International Polar Year 2007-2008

U.S. Committee to the International Polar Year

International Polar Year 2007-2008 - Canada


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