Research in the Polar Regions

Background, overviews and illustrations of polar research and researchers, with a focus on International Polar Year.

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Maps & graphics in this poster:
Please see each illustration for full references, credit, reference instruction, download of files and feedback form.

The Arctic and Antarctica hold interest for many types of researchers.

For example, glaciologists study the ice and snow, while oceanographers look at the oceans. The ice, snow, and oceans in the Arctic and Antarctica are changing as a result of global warming and affect the global climate.

Biologists research the plants and animals, which are specially adapted to the polar regions and are some of the first in the world to be affected by climate change.

Social science researchers study the economics and policies influencing the polar regions, and the people of the Arctic, who are being affected by environmental changes.

The Poster Series

The posters address the question: "Why, and how, are the polar regions and polar research important to all people on Earth?" These posters present and illustrate a broad sample of polar issues and facts -- they are a "textbook" for your wall.

There are five posters, with high-school age students as the main target group. Each poster stands on its own but is recognizable as part of the series through the common design and elements. All the posters include illustrations and text highlighting the human dimension of the poster theme -- showing how people are affected by polar science and issues and why they should care. The lifespan of the content is not limited to the IPY period (March 2007 - March 2009) -- we hope that these posters will be useful and used beyond this period.

This poster is ready to print and can be downloaded for free and unrestricted use.


Concept, text and editing
Heather Main and Hugo Ahlenius, GRID-Arendal

Maps and charts
Hugo Ahlenius, GRID-Arendal and others (please see respective map for full details).

Photo credits
From top left, clockwise:

  • E. Fryer, Antarctic Heritage Trust
  • Tamsin Gray
  • Peter Somers, NSF slash US Antarctic Program
  • British Antarctic Survey
  • Donald Walker
  • Chris Linder- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Henry Huntington
  • Matilda Hallerstig

To find out more about the issues presented in this poster, a few suggested links: