IAPR

The Institute for Advanced Physical Research

The Institute for Advanced Physical Research is one of the most respected research centres in the world and has published numerous ground-breaking papers. Many of its studies have had particular relevance to the sport of orienteering.

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Global Warming and the Earth’s Magnetic Field

Many orienteers will be aware of the classic 1996 paper ‘Predictions of future magnetic field reversals’ by Professors Howard Orchard and Alberto Ximenes of the Institute for Applied Physical Research (IAPR). Now a follow-up study 10 years later has made dramatic new predictions that may have an even more fundamental impact on the sport of orienteering.

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April 2004: Orienteering Development in Hertfordshire

As part of their review of how to develop orienteering within the local area the Hertfordshire Orienteering Club (HH) have asked the Institute for Advanced Physical Research (IAPR) to provide input in key areas. Professors Howard Orchard and Alberto Ximenes, already well-known for previous studies in areas of orienteering such as age group structures and cartography, have now produced their initial ideas.

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Y2K problems hit orienteering age groups

In a surprise press release today the Institute for Advanced Physical Research (IAPR) has announced the outcome of a year-long survey into membership, entry and results software used by orienteering clubs and federations around the world.

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Breakthrough in real-time tracking of orienteers

Following extensive research conducted by the Institute for Applied Physical Research (IAPR) it now seems possible that all competitors at this year’s World Orienteering Championships in Scotland will be tracked in real time. This should provide even greater spectator interest.

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April 1996: Magnetic Field Reversal Imminent

A paper to be presented at a scientific conference in London this week could have a profound impact on the future of orienteering. “Predictions of future magnetic field reversals” by Professors Howard Orchard and Alberto Ximenes of the Institute for Applied Physical Research (IAPR) presents the results of a detailed study of movements of the earth’s magnetic poles, and uses these observations to predict that a reversal of the magnetic field is imminent. They claim that the north magnetic pole could move from its current position in northern Canada to a new location in Antarctica over a period as short as one year. The impact on the sport of orienteering, where competitors rely on maps aligned to magnetic north, could be severe.

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