Alaska Satellite Facility - Distributed Active Archive Center

Global Inter-agency IPY Polar Snapshot Year

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.

Contact Information

Kenneth Jezek
1090 Carmack Road
Columbus, OHIO 43210
Phone: 614-292-7973
Email: [email protected]

Mark Drinkwater
Head, Mission Science Division
Earth Observations
Postbus 299, 2200 AG Noordwijk
The Netherlands
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: +31 (0)71-565-5673
Fax: +31 (0)71-565-5675