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Antarctic Futures: Human Engagement with the Antarctic Environment

  • Explores the views of leading researchers on the needs and challenges of Antarctic environmental governance, both now and in 50 years’ time
  • Investigates the impacts of human activities on Antarctic ecosystems and species
  • Integrates natural and social science approaches to examine existing and alternative environmental management and monitoring practices

By: Tina Tin(Editor), Daniela Liggett(Editor), Patrick T Maher(Editor), Machiel Lamers(Editor)

360 pages, 16 colour photos and illustrations, 17 b/w illustrations, 29 tables


Hardback | Oct 2013 | #205060 | ISBN-13: 9789400765818
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At the beginning of the 21st century, Antarctica is poised at the edge of a warmer and busier world. Leading Antarctic researchers examine the needs and challenges of Antarctic environmental management today and tomorrow. Through: (i) investigating the impacts of human activities on specific ecosystems and species, (ii) examining existing environmental management and monitoring practices in place in various regions and (iii) interrogating stakeholders, they address the following questions: What future will Business-As-Usual bring to the Antarctic environment? Will a Business-As-Usual future be compatible with the objectives set out under the Antarctic Treaty, especially its Protocol on Environmental Protection? What actions are necessary to bring about alternative futures for the next 50 years? Antarctic Futures is an outcome of the International Polar Year (2007-2009) Oslo Science Conference (8-12, June, 2010).


Chapter 1: Setting the scene: Human activities, environmental impacts and governance arrangements in Antarctica Tina Tin, Machiel Lamers, Daniela Liggett, Patrick T. Maher, Kevin Hughes

Part I: Species and Ecosystems
Chapter 2: Human Impacts on Antarctic Wildlife: predictions and speculations for 2060 Eric Woehler, David Ainley, Julia Jabour
Chapter 3: Antarctic Marine Living Resources - "The future is not what it used to be" Denzil Miller
Chapter 4: Present and future conservation management of Antarctic baleen whales Rebecca Leaper, Simon Childerhouse
Chapter 5: Global movement and homogenisation of biota: challenges to the environmental management of Antarctica? Kevin Hughes, Pete Convey, Ad Huiskes
Chapter 6: The Effects of Human Trampling on Maritime Antarctica Soils Pablo Tejedo, Luis Pertierra, Javier Benayas

Part II: Regional Case Studies
Chapter 7: Environmental Situation and Management Challenges for the Fildes Peninsula Region Christina Braun, Fritz Hertel, Osama Mustafa, Anja Nordt, Simone Pfeiffer, Hans-UlrichPeter
Chapter 8: Historical developments, drivers of change and future scenarios for human activities in Deception Island Luis Pertierra, Pablo Tejedo, Javier Benayas
Chapter 9: Long Term Monitoring of Human impacts to the Terrestrial Environment at McMurdo Station Andrew G. Klein, Stephen T. Sweet, Mahlon C. Kennicutt II, Terry L. Wade, Terry A. Palmer, Paul Montagna

Part III: Actors and Sectors
Chapter 10: Valuing Antarctica: Emerging Views from International Studies Erin Neufeld, Jessica O'Reilly, Rupert Summerson, Tina Tin
Chapter 11: Strategic thinking and the Antarctic wilderness: Contrasting alternative futures Ricardo Roura, Tina Tin
Chapter 12: Strategic management and regulation of Antarctic tourism Julia Jabour
Chapter 13: Future challenges in environmental management of National Antarctic Programs Rodolfo Sanchez, Birgit Njaastad
Chapter 14: Strategic thinking for the Antarctic environment: the use of assessment tools in governance Machiel Lamers, Daniela Liggett, Tina Tin
Chapter 15: Conclusions: Multiple dimensions of human engagement with the Antarctic environment Daniela Liggett, Machiel Lamers, Tina Tin, Patrick T. Maher


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