Polar Year Ends, Researchers Dig Into the Data
period of intensive study of the Earth's polar caps, called
the International Polar Year, ended in March, leaving researchers
with a bounty of data to sort through to help inform the next
generation of polar research.
The mission of the IPY was to get a clearer picture of what
is happening at the poles, and how they interact with the
land, oceans and atmosphere, in order to improve the scientific
understanding of how they might impact the global climate
and societies in the future.