The International Council for Science (ICSU) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) approved the Global Interagency IPY Polar Snapshot Year (GIIPSY) as an 2007-2008 IPY project (Project #91). High-definition satellite snapshots of the Arctic and Antarctic would be invaluable polar documentation for comparing with past and future datasets. Therefore, GIIPSY worked to establish an international network of organizations willing to collaborate with their spaceborne satellites and share data processing, archiving, and distributing responsibilities. The IPY Space Task Group (STG) served as an intermediary between GIIPSY and international space agencies. GIIPSY was able to reach its goals by working with eight national space agencies and their spaceborne satellites.
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