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The polar regions are the 'canary in the coal mine' of climate change: they are likely to be hit the hardest and fastest. This comprehensive textbook provides an accessible introduction to the scientific study of polar environments against a backdrop of climate change and the wider global environment. The book assembles diverse information on polar environmental characteristics in terrestrial and oceanic domains, and describes the ongoing changes in climate, the oceans, and components of the cryosphere. Recent significant changes in the polar region caused by global warming are explored: shrinking Arctic sea ice, thawing permafrost, accelerating loss of mass from glaciers and ice sheets, and rising ocean temperatures. These rapidly changing conditions are discussed in the context of the paleoclimatic history of the polar regions from the Eocene to the Anthropocene. Future projections for these regions during the twenty-first century are discussed. The text is illustrated with many color figures and tables, and includes further reading lists, review questions for each chapter, and a glossary.Read more
- Provides readers in various disciplines with a broad understanding of the processes leading to changes in polar environments
- The book is well-illustrated and accessibly-written, covering all main topics of polar regions for general reference
- Numerous full-color figures provide visual support of topics introduced in text
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- Date Published: September 2018
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108436359
- length: 442 pages
- dimensions: 245 x 190 x 19 mm
- weight: 0.97kg
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
About the authors
1. The setting, history of studies, and the climatic role of the cryosphere
2. Paleoclimatic history
3. Observing polar environment
4. Atmospheric and oceanic circulation and climate
5. Terrestrial environments and surface types of the polar regions
6. Ice sheets and shelves
7. Oceanic environments
8. The Third Pole
9. Future polar environments
Appendix: polar institutes
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