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1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of the Polar Regions

ISBN 9781138843998
Published August 10, 2018 by Routledge
556 Pages 58 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of the Polar Regions is an authoritative guide to the Arctic and the Antarctic through an exploration of key areas of research in the physical and natural sciences and the social sciences and humanities. It presents 38 new and original contributions from leading figures and voices in polar research, policy and practice, as well as work from emerging scholars.

This handbook aims to approach and understand the Polar Regions as places that are at the forefront of global conversations about some of the most pressing contemporary issues and research questions of our age. The volume provides a discussion of the similarities and differences between the two regions to help deepen understanding and knowledge. Major themes and issues are integrated in the comprehensive introduction chapter by the editors, who are top researchers in their respective fields. The contributions show how polar researchers engage with contemporary debates and use interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to address new developments as well as map out exciting trajectories for future work in the Arctic and the Antarctic.

The handbook provides an easy access to key items of scholarly literature and material otherwise inaccessible or scattered throughout a variety of specialist journals and books. A unique one-stop research resource for researchers and policymakers with an interest in the Arctic and Antarctic, it is also a comprehensive reference work for graduate and advanced undergraduate students.

Table of Contents

List of figures  List of tables  List of Contributors  Introduction: Locating the Polar Regions – Mark Nuttall, Torben R. Christensen and Martin J. Siegert  Part One: Circumpolar Worlds Part Two: Polar Environments  Part Three: Polar Politics and Resource Futures  Part Four: Polar Scientific Frontiers

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Mark Nuttall is Professor and Henry Marshall Tory Chair of Anthropology at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Torben R. Christensen is Professor of Arctic Biogeochemistry at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Martin J. Siegert is Professor of Geosciences, Imperial College London, UK.


"The volume has a wealth of information on both polar regions, with topics from detailed science to history and the humanities - a wide-ranging and well-balanced compilation." - Professor Julian Dowdeswell, Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, UK