GRID Polar Division News

IPY Sea Ice Day

The first International Polar Day is launched on Friday, 21 September 2007

The International Polar Year (IPY) will launch "Sea Ice Day," its first International Polar Day, on Friday, 21 September 2007. A new website with information for the press and educators, details of current projects and expeditions, contact details for scientists in the polar regions and around the world, images, background information, and useful links and resources is available at:

More than thirty IPY projects presently study some aspect of sea ice or sea ice ecology. These investigations include ship expeditions (some of which have failed to find sea ice where expected), satellite remote sensing, ecosystem explorations, and monitoring of the health and abundance of bears and other ice-dependent marine mammals. The IPY Sea Ice Day represents an opportunity to learn about these sea ice projects and to talk to sea ice experts.

The Sea Ice Day will also include educational and community activities including classroom experiments, posters, fact sheets, and a virtual balloon launch. Information for educators is available at: - sea_ice_day_educators

More information on Sea Ice Day and International Polar Days is available on the website

For more information regarding Sea Ice Day, please contact:

Rhian Salmon, Education and Outreach Coordinator
IPY International Programme Office
Phone: +447711181509

David Carlson, Director
IPY International Programme Office
Phone: +447715371759

Friday 21 Sep 2007