The 26th International Symposium on Polar Sciences (ISPS2021), organised by the Korea Polar Research Institute, will be held from 27 to 29 September 2021 in Incheon, Republic of Korea. The symposium aims to bring together polar scientists and engineers with diverse backgrounds to share their research findings and explore further research opportunities at the international level. ISPS2021 invites researchers to discuss how polar science and technology can contribute to our understanding of climate change.
The overarching theme of the Symposium is “Responding to Climate Crisis
”. Climate change is the greatest crisis of our times, as it brings devastating consequences to our planet. We have witnessed many communities suffering from heatwave, drought and wildfire, while others suffered heavy rainfall, typhoon and flood. We are facing extreme events at an unprecedented rate, and they require our immediate and collective attention. It is the mission of science to continue the observation, and provide scientific understanding and prediction upon which we can implement mitigation efforts. Polar sciences are crucial in the sense that these regions are especially sensitive to climate change, which adds to the instability of the earth system. Warming and cooling patterns are amplified, and the melting of ice sheets causes catastrophic sea level rises.
During this symposium, we will discuss the findings in polar sciences that are closely linked to climate change, and the cutting-edge technologies that enable more efficient and sustainable monitoring under harsh environments, while shedding new light on the unseen.
The following session themes are proposed:
- Polar climate science in the context of global climate crisis
- Cryosphere evolution and sea-level change
- Sea ice and polar oceans in rapid transition
- A paleoclimate perspective on climatic and environmental extremes
- Integrated study of subglacial Antarctic lake ecosystems
- Technological advances enabling new polar science