Securing the legacy of the IPY

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Paradoxically, as the International Polar Year ends we enter its most important phase. Now we must decide — and quickly — which mix of observations to sustain, based on what we have learnt.

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Figure 1: The Arctic-subarctic domain showing the system of ridges, shelves and deep basins.
Figure 2: The 'Super Buoy Array' at 86° 34′ N, 134° 39′ E on the Lomonosov ridge of the central Arctic Ocean, after deployment by F/S Polarstern in September 2007 — perhaps the best example of the elaboration and integration of Arctic observing systems that was such a strong feature of the IPY.

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