March 07, 2007

International Polar Year launched

Posted by: Rebecca Durkin

Last week scientists across the globe kicked off International Polar Year. The IPY project will promote dozens of research projects and educational outreach programs to help advance knowledge about and awareness of polar issues.

The Poles might be distant, but they are far from irrelevant. While some scientists, such as the Burke Museum’s own curator of vertebrate paleontology Christian Sidor, study ancient life in polar extremes, others are researching the impact of the Poles on life today. Changes in polar ice sheets can affect global sea levels and can have a dramatic and immediate impact on the lives of Northern communities.

Of local interest, the Pacific Science Center is hosting Polar Science Weekend featuring the researchers from the University of Washington’s Polar Science Center.

- Rebecca