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John Dudeney ASSW IPY Session April 21 2005. IPY 2007-2008 Concept. ICSU and WMO are co-sponsoring:. An intensive burst of internationally coordinated, interdisciplinary, scientific research and observations focussed on the Earth’s Polar regions starting in 2007. IPY Themes.

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John dudeney assw ipy session april 21 2005

John Dudeney

ASSW IPY Session

April 21 2005

John dudeney assw ipy session april 21 2005

IPY 2007-2008Concept

ICSUand WMO are co-sponsoring:

An intensive burst of internationally coordinated, interdisciplinary,

scientific research and observations focussed on the

Earth’s Polar regions starting in 2007

John dudeney assw ipy session april 21 2005

IPY Themes

  • Current Status of Polar Regions

  • Change in the Polar Regions

  • Global Linkages

  • New Frontiers

  • Polar Regions as Vantage Points

  • The Human Dimension

    The Human Dimension also runs through the first five Themes.

    Data Management and Education, Outreach & Communication are present in all six themes

Ipy and societal benefits
IPY and Societal Benefits

IPY can bring societal benefits to the polar regions in the form of new knowledge, in enhancements to the systems observing change and in understanding of natural and human processes there

  • Improving weather information, forecasting, and warnings

  • Improving predictions of climate variability and change

  • Reducing loss of life and property from natural and human- induced disasters

  • Establishing how to mitigate or adapt to environmental factors affecting human health and well being

Ipy and societal benefits1
IPY and Societal Benefits

  • Improving the sustainable management of fisheries/ agriculture

  • Improving the management of resources of water and energy

  • Improving the management and protection of terrestrial, coastal, and marine ecosystems

  • Understanding, monitoring, and conserving biodiversity

  • Providing indigenous people with the tools and capabilities to tackle these societal issues and build capacity

Ipy activities since arctic council reykjavik 1
IPY Activities since Arctic Council, Reykjavik (1)

  • Joint Committee appointed to oversee IPY implementation – includes ex-officio members from IASC and SCAR

  • International Programme Office established in UK (Nov 2004)

    International competition for IPY Director – David Carlson (USA)

  • The implementation document “A Framework for IPY 2007-2008” was published (Nov). Available as a pdf on the IPY website

  • ICSU-WMO issue Call for Expressions of Intent aimed particularly at projects with heavy logistic needs (Nov) – Deadline 14th Jan 05

Ipy activities since arctic council reykjavik 2
IPY Activities since Arctic Council, Reykjavik (2)

  • First Meeting of the Joint Committee and First Meeting of the Open Consultative Forum (March 2005) - CAFF, AMAP, FARO, U of Arctic, IPS, IASSA, IASC and ICARP II represented.

  • IPY JC assessed ~ 900 proposals and reduced these to ~50 topics by clustering proposals along disciplinary lines. Cross-cutting noted.

  • Assessment letters sent to primary contacts of each proposal and potential lead projects approached for each topic.

  • Updated website launched ( with searchable database of all the IPY proposals and the assessment summary

Some results from the assessment 1
Some Results from the Assessment (1)

  • Arctic EoI’s = 483, Antarctic = 159, Bipolar = 136

  • Selection of country involvement (not just leading) in EoI’s

Some results from the assessment 2
Some Results from the Assessment (2)

Distribution of EoI’s through spheres

Atmosphere = 114 Geosphere = 105

Cryosphere = 146 Biosphere = 135

Hydrosphere = 98 Human Dimension = 104

Space/Earth Ob = 67 Education/Legacy = 80

Association of EoI’s with major programmes/areas

CASO (S. Ocean) = 21 Permafrost = 17

iAOOS (Arctic Ocean) = 22 CliC = 65

SEARCH = 21 WAIS studies = 11

John dudeney assw ipy session april 21 2005

Clusters and the IPY Themes

THEME 1 – Status

Biodiversity of Polar Regions

Clouds, aerosols, atmospheric chemistry

Hydrological cycle and freshwaterbudget

Ocean circulation

Space Snapshot

Ice Caps, Ice Sheets, Glaciers & Permafrost

Weather and Climate

Biochemistry and Ecosystems

Coasts and MarginsAtmosphere ocean ice (THORPEX)

Theme 2 – Change

Life Under Natural & Antropogenic Changes

Migration: Invasions, expansions reductions


Adaptation and Vulnerability

Transitions and Border Zones

Rapid Change Societal Responses

Ecosystem Response to change

Evolution of Polar Glaciation

Theme 3 – Global ConnectionsTeleconnections between Pole and mid-latitudePlate tectonics and Polar Gateways

Theme 4 – New FrontiersExploration Beneath the Ice

Theme 5 – Vantage Point Observing SystemLife in the Polar RegionsGeophysical, Glaciological Atmospheric and Climate Observation SystemsLocal and indigenous visionsICESTARAstronomySPARC

Theme 6 – Human DimensionNatural Resources Uses, Management and ConservationNorthern ResourcesNew Risks and Stresses (inc. contaminants and Health)Resources – Geosciences

Outreach and EducationPreservation of IPY Legacy

Mandatory ipy activity characteristics
Mandatory IPY Activity Characteristics

  • Makes significant advances within one or more IPY themes

  • Involves at least one polar region and takes place within the IPY timeframe

  • Contributes to international collaboration

  • Presents a viable management plan and organisational structure, including a time line when commitments (funding, logistic etc) can be expected

  • Presents a viable approach for securing funding

  • Proposes a viable plan for securing appropriate logistical support

  • Signs up to the principles and aims of IPY data management and proposes a viable data management plan

  • Proposes a viable plan or approach for education, outreach and communication activities

  • Shows how it will foster the next generation of polar researchers

Desirable characteristics of ipy activities
Desirable Characteristics of IPY Activities

  • Includes nations not traditionally involved in polar research (at present only 3 non-polar countries in IPY)

  • Provides the opportunity for a legacy of infrastructure (observation sites, facilities, systems)

  • Builds on existing plans, programmes or initiatives or at least does not conflict with them

  • Has interdisciplinary elements

  • Is “endorsed” by one or more IPY National Committee or International Organisation (ensures involvement of National Committees who link to funding agencies)

Next steps 1
Next Steps 1

  • Further information on logistics requirements to be passed to FARO/COMNAP (April 2005)

  • Ad hoc Task Groups being formed to progress Data and EOC issues (April 2005). These will hand over to Data and EOC Sub-Committees formed by end of June 2005

  • Funding of projects is at national level but the JC aim to address international funding - a meeting with (IGFA) International Group of Funding Agencies (~May)

Next steps 2
Next Steps 2

  • Full proposals (6-7 pages) requested – byJune 30, 2005

  • JC identifies initial set of “core” IPY projects – Aug 2005

  • Further opportunities for inclusion of IPY projects through into 2006. Possibly a second Call late in 2005 (decision in August)

  • Ongoing promotion of IPY at international meetings, development of promotional material and the website

Arctic council and ipy
Arctic Council and IPY

  • IPY would welcome involvement from the Council, including:

    • Participation in the development of IPY and contributing nominations for the three major sub-committees?

    • Participation (leadership?) of Arctic Council Working Group’s in core IPY projects (AMAP, CAFF)

    • Building on ACIA , the AHDR and the on-going work of the WG’s, the Arctic Council has submitted two major EoI’s (COMAAR and the Arctic Human Health Initiative, AHHI)

    • Also have expertise in monitoring, information management & transfer (environmental and societal) and sustainable development so feasibly there may be more opportunities to contribute to IPY.