- Why should people in Texas, Florida or New York care about the Poles?
- Why do penguins live down South, and polar bears only in the North?
- How can thousand-year old ice from the Arctic and Antarctic help us understand present and future climate?
||The people who know the poles best - ice researchers, geologists, oceanographers, climate scientists, biologists and Arctic residents who will bring "Stories from a Changing Planet" to science centers and natural history museums across the country. Debuting in Fall 2007, and continuing through early 2009, POLAR-PALOOZA is visiting 25 communities from Alaska to Louisiana, California to North Carolina. Check SITES AND CITIES to see if PALOOZA is coming to a science center near you!|
||The "High Definition Video Science Story Capture Corps" ("HDvCC" for short) is a team of intrepid videographers who have been accompanying the researchers on expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic. In 2007, they were taping in Alaska, out on the sea-ice off Prudhoe Bay, en route to the North Pole (they never made it - the runway broke up. Climate change?), and in Greenland, bringing you stories about the science, the people and their extreme adventures. In austral summer 2007-2008 they went South, out into the deep field at the Pine Island Glacier, WAIS, South Pole, and other amazing locations. Check out the 4-part podcast mini-series on the Norwegian-US Traverse and the PIG adventure for scenes of what IPY science is really like.|
||Extensive online resources appear on this site throughout the IPY years, including video and audio podcasts, blogs, vlogs (video bulletins), real-time interactions when and where possible, the latest data from the field, animations from NASA, and amazing sounds and images of sea, ice, land, animals and people.|
Podcasts, blogs, vlogs, and more...
have been publishing a series of video and audio podcasts throughout IPY, now totalling more than 30 in all. Scientists and Alaskan Natives speak for themselves in blogs, accompanied by images of sea, ice, land, animals and people.
An invitation to get active and interactive...
Many of our videos of penguins and polar bears, glaciers and ice-breakers, plus NASA images and animations of the Poles from space are accessible for download, and we'll be inviting students young and old to mash-up and re-mix the videos to compete in the POLAR-PALOOZA podcast contest, with entries judged on scientific accuracy as well as production values.
The POLAR-PALOOZA Portal
And, of course, we'll link to the best IPY sites and resources, both US and international, along with hands-on activities for school, home or science center, and other podcasts, wikis, and projects.
POLAR-PALOOZA is made possible by support from the National Science Foundation, and by NASA's Science Mission Directorate, and is an official IPY activity. Additional support comes from Apple Computer, ASTC, and science centers and natural history museums across America. POLAR-PALOOZA is produced by PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE, P2K, which is solely responsible for its content.