Presented at The Arctic and Environmental Change meeting held by the Royal Society in October 1994, the fourteen papers which form the basis of this book contain a wide-ranging review of Arctic environmental change in response to global warming, and also give a broad insight into the transformation of the Arctic which we can expect during the next century. It will be an invaluable reference for anyone seeking a greater understanding of the factors and processes affecting the Arctic environment which may ultimately have a major impact on global climatic change.
Table of Contents
1. Variabilities in Atmospheric Circulation and Moisture Flux 2. Dynamics of the Polar Vortex in the Arctic and its Role in the Ozone Loss 3. Impact of Climatic Change on Arctic Terrestrial and Marine Ecosystems 4. Thermohaline Circulation of the Ocean 5. Impacts on Glaciers and Ice Sheets 6. Effect of the Melting and Retreat of Permafrost 7.
What Greenland Ice Cores and Deep Ocean Drilling Reveal about Past Climates 8. Countervailing Influence of Air Pollution in Reducing Solar Irradiance 9. Prediction of Warming Rates by General Circulation Models 10.
Observed and Expected Changes to the Extent and Thickness of Sea Ice
Peter Wadhams, Doctor of Science, is a Reader In Polar Studies at, and formerly the Director of, the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. His research interests are sea ice and polar oceanography. He has led numerous expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic., Julian Dowdeswell is Director and Professor at the Centre for Glaciology, University of Wales, Aberystwyth He is a glaciologist who has worked extensively in the Arctic, particularly in Spitsbergen and Franz Josef Land., Andrew N. Schof ield is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He has developed centrifuge methods for geotechnical problems affecting ice.