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image: The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) has published a special issue ‘Recent Advances in Climate Science of the Polar Region (To commemorate the contributions of the late Dr SZ Qasim, a pioneer Dean of the Indian Polar Programme)’ in full academic review polar science.
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The National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) publishes Polar sciencewhich is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal dealing with polar science in collaboration with Elsevier BV. the contributions of the late Dr. SZ Qasim, pioneering Dean of the Indian Polar Program), which featured polar science in India.

India first participated in Antarctic observation in the early 1980s, and this participation was led by a marine biologist, the late Dr. Syed Zahoor Qasim (1926-2015). Dr. Qasim, who served as director of the National Institute of Oceanography, was appointed secretary of the then newly created Department of Environment in 1981. In December of the same year, he successfully led the first Indian expedition to Antarctic.

Currently, India operates two research stations in Antarctica, namely Maitri Station and Bharati Station, and continues to make significant contributions to the international Antarctic observing community. Additionally, India is conducting observations at the Ny-Ålesund research station in the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic region. This progress of India in polar science is indebted to the great achievements of Dr. Qasim. The NIPR planned to publish a special issue focusing on recent advances in polar weather science in commemoration of Dr Qasim.

In this special issue, 23 articles written mainly by Indian researchers were published, covering polar meteorology to broader topics related to the polar region, such as environmental changes, meteorological/hydrological observation, paleoclimatology, research geological and glaciological on soil sediments, lake bottoms. , and coastal ocean floors. The main articles published in this issue are summarized as follows.

  • The sedimentation age of continental bedrock was investigated based on rocks obtained at the Schirmacher oasis (coastal bare rock area) around Maitri station and the results were compared with those obtained in the African belt of the Mozambique, the Antarctic mountains of Sør Rondane and Madagascar. Based on the results obtained, the origin of the Schirmacher oasis has been discussed (Vadlamani et al.).
  • The transition of glacial recession has been elucidated through sediment investigation in the Schirmacher Oasis and its topography (Dharwadkar et al.).
  • From the lake water quality results in bare rock areas such as the Larsemann Hills, the origin of the water was clarified (Wanganeo et al.).
  • Based on long-term meteorological observation data, it was elucidated that the degree of temperature change was slightly less during these 25 years (Ramesh and Soni).
  • The evolution of precipitation in the Himalayan region, called the “third pole”, has demonstrated the influence of global warming (Kumar, A. et al.). Additionally, a message from Narendra Modi, the Honorable Prime Minister of India, has been published in this special issue. Prime Minister Modi said, “I am confident that the commemorative volume will educate and inspire young people on India’s contribution to climate research in the polar region.”


About Polar science

Polar science is a comprehensive peer-reviewed academic journal relating to the polar regions of Earth and other planets, which the NIPR began publishing in collaboration with Elsevier BV in 2007. The main purpose of this journal is to inform people on polar science, mainly in Japan and other Asian countries. Currently, over 150 papers are submitted each year. As a result, this journal is recognized globally as one of the few comprehensive academic journals in the field of polar science. In addition to normal problems, Polar science publishes a special issue each year on a given subject in various fields.

The main characteristics of Polar science are summarized as follows.

  • Polar science is an international academic journal with an impact factor of 1.031 in 2017.
  • Polar science covers 15 disciplines related to Antarctica and the Arctic such as:
    • Physics of space and upper atmosphere
    • Atmospheric Sciences/Climatology
    • Glaciology
    • Oceanography/Sea Ice Studies
    • Geology/Petrology
    • Solid earth geophysics/seismology
    • marine earth sciences
    • Geomorphology/Cenozoic-Quaternary Geology
    • Meteorite
    • Terrestrial biology
    • Marine biology
    • animal ecology
    • Environment
    • Polar Engineering
    • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Polar science has an open archive in which published articles are made freely available by ScienceDirect after an embargo period of 24 months from the date of publication.
  • Printed products are also published.
  • After Polar science became an open archive in 2016, the number of article downloads has grown rapidly since then. Currently, about 6,000 articles are uploaded each year.

About the National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR)

The NIPR engages in extensive research via observing stations in the Arctic and Antarctic. As a member of the Research Information and Systems Organization (ROIS), NIPR provides researchers across Japan with infrastructural support for Arctic and Antarctic observations, plans and implements implements Japan’s Antarctic observation projects and conducts Arctic research in various scientific fields such as the atmosphere. , the ice caps, the ecosystem, the upper atmosphere, the aurora borealis and the earth’s magnetic field. In addition to research projects, the NIPR also organizes the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition and manages the samples and data obtained during these expeditions and projects. As a central institution in polar region research, NIPR also offers graduate students a global perspective on originality through its doctoral program. For more information on the NIPR, please visit:

About the Research Organization on Information and Systems (ROIS)

The Information and Systems Research Organization (ROIS) is a parent organization of four national institutes (National Institute of Polar Research, National Institute of Computing, Institute of Mathematical Statistics and National Institute of Genetics) and the Joint Support Center for Data Science Research. The mission of the ROIS is to promote cutting-edge integrated research that goes beyond the barriers of these institutions, in addition to facilitating their research activities, as members of interuniversity research institutes.

The coordination of these institutions, facilitated by the ROIS, will contribute to opening up new fields of research and carrying out integrated transdisciplinary research. This framework will enable a holistic approach to complex life, earth, environmental and social science issues, including the generation of large-scale and heterogeneous data from observations, measurements and experiments, the extraction of knowledge from this data, the discovery of scientific truths, technological advances in the construction and implementation of databases. ROIS will also widely share with the community the results, resources and research platforms needed for new frontiers of research.

Computational methodologies used to elucidate complex systems, research and development related to advanced use of databases and networks, in addition to database and network mining, will also enable us to serve as a -form of information that will support the rapid and efficient development of research in Japan and abroad.

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