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29 March 2011

NSIDC data scientists contribute to IPY report

NSIDC researchers contributed to an International Polar Year (IPY) summary report, "Understanding Earth's Polar Challenges," released yesterday. The report describes findings of myriad research projects undertaken in the polar regions during IPY, an international research collaboration aimed at exploring the fast-changing Arctic and Antarctic regions of the Earth.

NSIDC data science researcher Mark Parsons served as lead author for a chapter of the report on polar data management. Other contributors from NSIDC included Ruth Duerr, Shari Gearheard, Chris McNeave, Peter Pulsifer, and Allaina Wallace.

During IPY, which ran from March 2007 to March 2009, researchers around the world participated in research projects related to the polar regions. Those efforts produced large amounts of extremely diverse data, from physical, biological, and social research.

NSIDC is contributing to an international effort to archive and distribute data collected during IPY, preserving and making it available it for future generations. IPY was co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Copies of the report are available from the ICSU Web site:

International polar data activities continue under the Standing Committee for Antarctic Data Management, the Sustained Arctic Observing Network, and the Polar Information Commons.

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