Association of Polar Early Career Scientists



Polar Outreach Catalogue

Antarctic Environmental Legacy
  • General public
  • Community groups
Between 2006 and 2010, the Antarctic Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) collaborated with leading researchers, energy managers of National Antarctic Programmes and ASOC members in order to assess and enhance the environmental legacy of the IPY, raise the environmental awareness of scientists and visitors and to promote long-term wilderness protection. The three main target audiences were tourists, scientists and logisticians, and parties to the Antarctic Treaty System. To reach tourists, a pamphlet entitled 'Know Before You Go' was distributed at meetings and made available on the ASOC website, with the goal of informing tourists and other people traveling to Antarctica about the potential impacts of human activities on the Antarctic environment. Presentations about human impacts were also made onboard two tourist trips to Antarctica in 2006 and 2007, organized by the Sierra Club, an ASOC member. Scientists and logisticians were targeted through presentations and posters at professional conferences such as the American Geophysical Union meeting and the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, as well as through publications in professional journals and newsletters. The project has also been promoting long-term wilderness protection through presentation of papers and reports at the 9th World Wilderness Congress, the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and other fora. Information papers about the environmental impacts and legacy of IPY were presented at Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
  • Public Lectures
  • Pamphlet / booklet / information sheet
  • Website - informative
  • Conference / workshop - general
Antarctic Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC)
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IPY Final chapter report

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