The Earth’s Polar Regions and the International Polar Year 2007-2008

Presentation by Chris Rapley, CBE
British Antarctic Survey, UK

In a warming world ice melts. Satellite and field data show that climate-related changes are taking place in the polar regions faster than had been predicted even five years ago. Yet there are still major uncertainties about what will happen and how quickly. The International Polar Year 2007-2008, which will start next March, aims to provide new and unprecedented insights into these and a wide range of other scientific issues, as well as engaging the public, schoolchildren and policy makers the world over. Prof Rapley will describe the context for the IPY 2007-2008 and summarise its aims, structure and content.

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Speaker’s profile
Prof Chris Rapley CBE is Director of the British Antarctic Survey. Prior to this he was for four years the Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. This followed an extended period as Professor of Remote Sensing Science and Associate Director of University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory.
He has a first degree in physics from Oxford, an M.Sc. in Radioastronomy from Manchester University, and a Ph.D. in X-ray astronomy from University College London.

As well as being a member of numerous national and international scientific Boards and Committees, he is currently President of the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research and a member of the Joint Committee for the International Polar Year 2007-2008.
He is a Fellow of St Edmund's College Cambridge, an Honorary Professor at University College London and at the University of East Anglia, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

His research interests include Earth remote sensing, climate change and earth system science, as well as a more general interest in the organisation, leadership and management of science.