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Polar Year

Irene Quaile (kjb)
July 2, 2007

DW travelled to an Arctic research station near the North Pole to learn more about climate change research. Click on the gallery below for a glimpse into the region and the lives of the scientists working there.


The International Polar Year (IPY) is a large scientific program focused on the Arctic and the Antarctic from March 2007 to March 2009.

Deutsche Welle is cooperating with Germany’s renowned Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar Research and a network of radio stations in the USA, the UK, Australia and New Zealand to report on the polar research taking place during the IPY, with a special focus on climate change.

Join DW’s Irene Quaile as she pays a visit to the international Arctic research station on Spitsbergen, Svalbard. Her radio documentaries will be presented on Living Planet starting in August.

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