Remote Sensing Laboratory

Byrd Polar Research Center

To contact us:

Kenneth Jezek                                                               Mark Drinkwater

1090 Carmack Road                                                      Head, Mission Science Division

Columbus, OHIO 43210                                                  ESA, ESTEC

USA                                                                                Earth Observations

Phone: 614 292 7973                                                     Postbus 299,  2200 AG Noordwijk

Email:                                                  The Netherlands


                                                                                        Tel: +31 (0)71 565 5673

                                                                                       Fax: +31 (0)71 565 5675


MODIS Bands 1 and 2 False Color—Jacobshavn Glacier, June 2005 (K. Jezek)

The 2007-2008 International Polar Year (IPY) provides an international framework for understanding high-latitude climate change and predicting world wide impacts.  Recent and well documented observations of the sometimes dramatically changing components of earth’s cryosphere and particularly at high latitudes make IPY science investigations particularly timely and relevant to scientists, policy makers and the general public.  IPY investigations will require commitments of resources ranging from those which support individual field activities to those which require the international coordination of complex systems and their operations.  This documents listed here discuss the requirements to obtain spaceborne snapshots of the Polar Regions and key high latitude processes.  Documents have been prepared by the international cryospheric community under the auspices of the approved IPY project titled the Global Inter-agency IPY Polar Snapshot Year (GIIPSY).


GIIPSY Documents and Data Strategy


GIIPSY Meetings and Events and related documentation




GIIPSY Publications


GIIPSY Science Requirements and Mission Planning


Agency Proposal Selections




Upcoming Events Calender



















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Global Inter-agency IPY Polar Snapshot Year