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What is POLENET?

POLENET or The Polar Earth Observing Network is a consortium involving people from 24 nations that aims to dramatically improve the coverage of many different kinds of geophysical data across the polar regions of the Earth. It has been endorsed as a core activity of the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008.

It will overcome the scarcity of observational systems in the Earth's polar regions and will provide a legacy in observational infrastructure. Technological capabilities in deploying autonomous systems in extreme environments will be developed and extended new datasets will be made available to the global science community.

Scientists, engineers, field assistants and students are deploying new GPS instruments, seismic stations, magnetometers, tide gauges, ocean-floor sensors and meteorological recorders. They are launching satellites, travelling to remote locations and combining their expertise across a vast range of data analysis techniques.

POLENET will enable new research into the interaction between the atmosphere, oceans, polar ice-sheets and the Earth's crust and mantle. New insights into the Earth's magnetic field and deep Earth structure will be possible from the important vantage point of high-latitude geophysical observatories.

The International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2008, is an interdisciplinary and internationally coordinated research campaign. It opens a new era of polar science and a new and deeper understanding of the Earth's climate, ecosystems and societies.

The IPY will inspire future generations of natural and social scientists, motivate technologists and engage the wider international public. At a time of significant planetary change, IPY offers scientists the opportunity to go to new places, collect new data and establish monitoring systems where none have existed before.

IPY- Polar Science - Global Impact