Threats to the Arctic discusses all the current threats to this fragile region, emphasizing the interconnections between many environmental impacts, as well as the teleconnections between events already emerging in the Arctic (ocean circulation changes, melting of sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets) and other parts of the world. The book's aim is to inform readers about the impending, sometimes irreversible changes coming to the Arctic. University students, environmental engineers, policymakers and sociologists with an interest in the role of the Arctic in global change will benefit from the book's unique perspective.
As this remote, inhospitable part of the world that few people will ever visit provides amazing insights, we can no longer have an 'out of sight - out of mind' approach to the environmental upheavals taking place in the Arctic.
- Provides the most up-to-date information on this rapidly changing, critical part of the world
- Offers a holistic understanding of the interconnections between global environmental changes and impacts in the Arctic
- Examines fact-based pressure on politics and industry to preserve Arctic biota and environments
SECTION 1 Arctic Seas 1. Loss of sea ice 2. Rising sea-surface temperatures 3. Changes in ocean circulation patterns 4. Sea level change 5. Impacts of ocean acidification on Arctic marine ecosystems 6. Impacts of chemical pollution on marine ecosystems 7. Impacts of overfishing in Arctic and subarctic waters 8. Impacts of global shipping to Arctic Ocean ecosystems
SECTION 2 Arctic ice 9. Decline in mountain glaciers 10. Changes in Arctic Island Ice Sheets 11. Greenland Ice Sheet
SECTION 3 Arctic lands 12. Changes in terrestrial environments 13. Impacts of global change 14. Invasive species 15. Impacts of oil and mineral extraction 16. Impacts of permafrost degradation
SECTION 4 Arctic peoples 17. Threats to Native ways of life 18. Changing political landscape of the Arctic
Scott Elias received his PhD in environmental biology from the University of Colorado, Colorado, United States, then he went on to do postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada and the University of Berne, Switzerland. Dr. Elias returned to the University of Colorado in 1982 and became a research associate of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. He became a fellow of the institute before departing for England to take up a lectureship in physical geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, London, United Kingdom. He became a Professor of Quaternary Science in 2007, following the publication of the Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science that same year. He retired from Royal Holloway in 2017 and continues to do research in Quaternary environments, focusing on the Arctic. Dr. Elias has authored or edited 11 books and over 200 journal articles and book chapters.