The History of the International Polar Years (IPYs)

  • Susan Barr
  • Cornelia Luedecke

Part of the From Pole to Pole book series (POLE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Erki Tammiksaar, Natal’ya Georgievna Sukhova, Cornelia Lüdecke
    Pages 7-33
  3. Susan Barr, Louwrens Hacquebord, Erki Tammiksaar, Natal’ya Georgievna Sukhova
    Pages 35-107
  4. Cornelia Lüdecke
    Pages 127-134
  5. Cornelia Lüdecke, Julia Lajus
    Pages 135-173
  6. Susan Barr, Louwrens Hacquebord, Cornelia Lüdecke
    Pages 175-210
  7. Klaus Dodds, Irina Gan, Adrian Howkins
    Pages 239-257
  8. Jorge Berguño, Aant Elzinga
    Pages 259-278
  9. Susan Barr, Rip Bulkeley
    Pages 279-296
  10. Dave Carlson
    Pages 299-312
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 313-319

About this book


Although international scientific cooperation - particularly in meteorology - was established previous to the first International Polar Year, the IPY-1 (1882-83) is considered to be the first revolutionary step towards an extensive international cooperation in the polar areas for the benefit of science rather than national prestige and territorial gain. This was followed by IPY-2 (1932-33) and IPY-3 - actually the International Geophysical Year (1957-58) - before the crowning effort of IPY-4 (2007-08). The history of these years is recounted here and explains the political, economic, technical and scientific conditions and expectations that laid the basis for each IPY and which gradually expanded both the scope and extent of our understanding of the complexities in polar regions


Arctic/Antarctica International Polar Years Meteorology evolution history history of science

Editors and affiliations

  • Susan Barr
    • 1
  • Cornelia Luedecke
    • 2
  1. 1.c/o Directorate for Cultural HeritageOsloNorway
  2. 2.MunichGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-12401-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-12402-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2193-7338
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