Polar research in the Arctic and Antarctic is imperative to understand our past, present, and future impact of such environments with global environmental change. Impacts from environmental change in polar regions will be felt worldwide, affecting all life on Earth on scales that previously seemed unimaginable. The last surge of polar research emphasis was generated by the International Polar Year (last conducted from 2007–2009) and Polar Research Board participants, which inspired researchers, journalists, educators, and young academics to become more involved with the innovative research projects and products in polar regions (http://nas-sites.org/us-ipy/ and http://dels.nas.edu/prb; accessed August 2018). To keep momentum moving forward, the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) joined together for the POLAR2018 Open Science Conference in Davos, Switzerland, in June 2018. This is the first time since IPY that SCAR and IASC have come together to provide an opportunity for diverse scientists worldwide of all career stages to present their latest research highlights from Antarctic, Arctic, and high alpine regions while promoting opportunities for researchers and educators to connect with other community members. The conference stressed the importance of communication, not only with scientists working in different polar regions, but also with researchers working at both poles. Therefore, this was the premier gathering for the international community of interdisciplinary polar scientists and educators.
ASLO Bulletin Limnology and Oceanography
D’Andrilli, J. (2018): Where the Poles Come Together: POLAR2018 Joint Open Science Conference. In: ASLO Bulletin Limnology and Oceanography. Volume27, Issue4, Pages 126-128. https://doi.org/10.1002/lob.10275
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