342 pages, 185 colour & 10 b/w photos and illustrations, 10 maps, 10 tables
Antarctica is the coldest and driest continent on Earth – a place for adventure and a key area for global science. Research conducted there has received increasing international attention due to concerns over destruction of the ozone layer and the problem of global warming and melting ice shelves. This dramatically illustrated new book brings together an international group of leading Antarctic scientists to explain why the Antarctic is so central to understanding the history and potential fate of our planet. It introduces the beauty of the world's greatest wilderness, its remarkable attributes and the global importance of the international science done there. Spanning topics from marine biology to space science Antarctica: Global Science from a Frozen Continent is an accessible overview for anyone interested in the Antarctic and its science and governance. It provides a valuable summary for those involved in polar management and is an inspiration for the next generation of Antarctic researchers.
"From 'why is Antarctica so dry?' to the current state of the Antarctic Treaty, and everything conceivable in-between (history, geology, oceanography, biology, climate-change and much more), this is the book if you want to understand the significance of Antarctica for the future of Planet Earth. Well illustrated, and well written – I felt completely up to date when I finished reading it."
- Professor Sir John Lawton CBE FRS, Former Chair, Royal Commission on Environment Pollution
"This is an excellent review of key multidisciplinary collaborative research and geopolitics in Antarctica involving more than 30 countries, addressing global issues in climate, oceans, biodiversity, solar system, tourism and more. Of importance to contemporary society, it is a valued compendium."
- Dr Alan K. Cooper, Stanford University, and recipient of the second SCAR medal for International Scientific Coordination
"Antarctica is a conundrum. It is distant, yet it will shape our children's future; it is mysterious, yet a treasure trove for science; it is the focus of calculated geopolitical interest, yet the exemplar of 'world governance'. In this well-presented and readable book, the world's leading experts on Antarctic science showcase why the uninhabited seventh continent is central to the present and future of human interests and wellbeing."
- Professor Chris Rapley CBE, University College London, former Director, British Antarctic Survey, and former President, SCAR
"Nicely presented [...] quality colour illustrations [...] anyone with a serious interest in Antarctica will find this book worthwhile."
- Open University Geological Society Journal
Introduction David Walton
1. Discovering the unknown continent David Walton
2. The continental jigsaw Brian Storey
3. Ice with everything Valerie Masson-Delmotte
4. Climate of extremes John Cassano
5. Stormy and icy seas Eberhard Fahrbach
6. Life in a cold environment Peter Convey, Angelika Brandt and Steve Nicol
7. Space research from Antarctica Louis Lanzerotti and Alan Weatherwax
8. Living and working in the cold Lou Sanson
9. Scientists together on the ice Colin Summerhayes
10. Managing the frozen commons Olav Orheim
11. Antarctica and global change Alan Rodger
Appendix: visiting Antarctica
Appendix: further reading.
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Professor David Walton began work in 1967 with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). He is now an Emeritus Fellow at BAS, publishing papers and books on many aspects of Antarctica. Professor Walton represented the international Antarctic scientific community at Antarctic Treaty Meetings for 14 years and was recently awarded the first SCAR medal for International Scientific Coordination. He was also awarded a Polar Medal by the Queen. The author of more than 100 scientific papers and more than 200 reviews, popular articles and reports, he has also written and edited several books and has been the editor in chief of the international journal Antarctic Science for the last 20 years.
- David Walton
- Brian Storey
- Valerie Masson-Delmotte
- John Cassano
- Eberhard Fahrbach
- Peter Convey
- Angelika Brandt
- Steve Nicol
- Louis Lanzerotti
- Alan Weatherwax
- Lou Sanson
- Colin Summerhayes
- Olav Orheim
- Alan Rodger