International Polar Year

IPY Photo Contest student entry Bears on BeringProud participants in the International Polar Year!

Geophysical Institute scientists participated in the International Polar Year of 1957-1958, also known as the International Geophysical Year, and the International Polar Year of 2007-2008. IPYs are designated internationally for intense study of Earth’s polar regions. As a result of the research conducted at these points in history, giant scientific strides have occurred.

In IPY of 1957-1958, the theory of continental drift was confirmed, the Van Allen radiation belt was discovered by a United States satellite, and the size of Antarctica’s ice mass was first estimated. As a result of the work scientists from GI