International Polar Year (IPY) is a scientific program sponsored by the International Council for Science and the World
Meteorological Organisation. March 2007 to March 2008 was chosen as the fourth IPY and and as a result the Royal Australian
The First International Polar Year occurred between 1882 and 1883 after a Austro-Hungarian naval officer pushed for a coordinated scientific research on Antarctica. Twelve nations took place in the event with twelve stations in the Arctic and two in the sub-Antarctic. The event was repeated in 1932-1933, 1957-58 and 2007-2008. The most recent event was an enormous event featuring 228 separate projects in addition to numerous related national projects.
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