March 18th Marks IPY Oceans Day
Edmonton - On March 18th, 2008, the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-08 will be celebrating the eighth Polar Day, focusing on '’Polar Oceans Day’.
The Canadian flyer outlining contributions of Canadian researches to Polar Oceans Day is available on the IPYcanada home page.
The international 'Polar Oceans Day' web pages can be found via a button on the homepage of www.ipy.org, or directly at http://www.ipy.org/index.php?/ipy/detail/polaroceans.
Whether you are a researcher, a teacher, a public educator or just interested in the polar regions, there are a number of ways you can get involved:
LIVE webcast on March 18 from the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, QC from 1:30-4:00pm EST (webcast link: http://www.api-ipy.gc.ca/webcst-eng.html )
LIVE radio broadcast and webstreaming on March 30 from CKLB in Yellowknife from 11:00am-12:00noon – local northern classes will ask scientists questions about coastal erosion and atmospheric chemistry (webstream link is available at: http://www.ncsnwt.com/ or follow the instructions here.
Classroom activity and summary flyers available in 20 languages
Personal profiles of a wide range of scientists studying Oceans and Marine Life in both the Arctic and Antarctic
A virtual balloon launch using Google Earth for students to get involved
Live events connecting to polar researchers (great for students and teacher professional development) running from March 17-30
Polar Oceans resources endorsed by the scientific community
Accessible scientific content about physical and biological oceanography, chemical and biological pumps, paleoclimate and sea level, polar marine ecosystems…and much more!
Polar Days are designed as a way for teachers and their classes to learn more about the polar regions and connect directly to polar researchers through simple, fun, and accessible activities.
We encourage participants to launch a virtual balloon after learning something new about the polar regions: it's great fun watching balloons go up as classrooms around the world get involved.
Previous Polar Days explored the Polar Regions, Sea Ice, Ice Sheets, Land & Life, People, Above the Poles and our Changing Earth. Associated activities and information for these can also be found at the above link.