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International Polar Year 2007-2008
The International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008 was an intense, internationally coordinated campaign of research focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic. The IPY initiated a new era in polar science. It involved a wide range of research disciplines, including the social sciences, but the emphasis was interdisciplinary in its approach and international in participation. The IPY educated and involved the public, and it helped train the next generation of engineers, scientists, and leaders.
Global Inter-agency IPY Polar Snapshot Year (GIIPSY)
ASF hosts an archive of the IPY project titled the Global Inter-agency IPY Polar Snapshot Year (GIIPSY). GIIPSY's objective is to obtain high-definition satellite snapshots of the polar regions during 2007-2008. The primary purpose is to use these snapshots as benchmarks for gauging past and future environmental changes in the polar ice, ocean, and land.
In the spirit of IPY, GIIPSY scientists also seek to secure these datasets as our legacy to the next generations of polar scientists. GIIPSY comprises a group of polar scientists from around the world who have assembled a consolidated list of thematic objectives that call upon the collective resources of international and national space agencies. The programmatic goal is to identify ways in which the resources of space-faring countries can be used in such a way as to collect data with which to address these scientific objectives, without putting undo burden on any single organisation. To that end, GIIPSY seeks cooperation in terms of spaceborne instruments, data relay systems, ground segments, processing, and data archiving and distribution capabilities.
IPY Data Archive
ASF was tasked with making its rich archive of imagery from the polar regions available to the science community for IPY. Satellite images over these remote regions allow researchers to make observations without facing extreme temperatures and with great cost savings.
Data were made available through a collaborative effort between the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), NASA, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). Funding was provided from both UAF and NASA for the project. ASF's goal is to continue to make these data available to a new generation of researchers interested in studying the Arctic or Antarctic.