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International Polar Year: 2032-2033

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The ISC has been actively engaged in the promotion and organization of the International Polar Year 2032-2033, and is now involved in the operationalization of the International Polar Decade supported by France and several other governments, in close collaboration with the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research, other relevant ISC Affiliated Bodies and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC).


This is a critical decade for people and the planet, as we experience record numbers of extreme events and are yet to see more of them in the future, as the climate crisis progresses. Many changes are taking shape faster than previously predicted, and as the IPCC 6th Assessment Report made clear, many of the most serious consequences are linked to unprecedented changes in the Arctic and Antarctic. The urgency of understanding the consequences of such rapid change in the polar regions for global climate, biodiversity and human societies is now clear and has never been greater.

The 5th IPY (2032-33) will bring the longstanding tradition of organizing regular IPYs to an era of urgent need for large-scale coordinated research on polar and global changes. It will build on four groundbreaking IPYs between 1883 and 2008, which together form a 150-year-long chain of credible scientific evidence.

Read the initial concept note for further details.


For more information and to provide feedback please contact the Secretariats of the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) ( and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) (

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