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The importance of Polar science

Polar science is hugely important to help us to understand how the Earth works. During International Polar Year 2007/08, 50,000 participants from over 60 countries studied key issues such as weather and climate and the impact on human societies.


  • Download The Scope of IPY Science for more information about these key areas of research
  • In pairs, work out which areas of research you think are the most important. Read and understand the impacts before deciding in which order to rank them.
  • Print your decisions and compare your group’s ideas with others.