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The Routledge Handbook of the Polar Regions

1st Edition

Edited by Mark Nuttall, Torben R Christensen, Martin Siegert


530 pages | 58 B/W Illus.

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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 handbookaims 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.


"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

Table of Contents

List of figures

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List of Contributors

Introduction: Locating the Polar Regions – Mark Nuttall, Torben R. Christensen and Martin J. Siegert

Part One: Circumpolar Worlds

  1. Exploring and Mapping the Arctic: Histories of Discovery and Knowledge – John McCannon
  2. Exploring and Mapping the Antarctic: Histories of Discovery and Knowledge – Ursula Rack
  3. The Arctic in Literature and the Popular Imagination – Heidi Hansson
  4. The Antarctic in Literature and the Popular Imagination – Elizabeth Leane
  5. Self-Determination and Indigenous Governance in the Arctic – Mark Nuttall
  6. Indigenous Cartographies of Arctic Spaces and Places – Kaitlin Young
  7. Circumpolar Health and Well-being – Helle Møller
  8. Education in the Arctic: Trends, Challenges and Possibilities – Andrew Hodgkins
  9. Historical Sites and Heritage in the Polar Regions – Dag Avango
  10. Part Two: Polar Environments

  11. Biodiversity in the Polar Regions in a Warming World – Hans Meltofte
  12. The Geological Histories of Polar Environments – Tom Jordan
  13. Polar Oceans and their Global Significance – Rory Bingham
  14. Polar Sea Ice as a Barometer and Driver of Change – Jeremy Wilkinson and Julienne Stroeve
  15. The Current Health of Polar Ice Sheets and Implications for Sea Level – Mal McMillan
  16. Polar Climatology and Evidence for Global Warming – Gareth Marshall
  17. Post Last Glacial Maximum Processes in the Polar Regions – Pippa Whitehouse
  18. Biogeochemical Cycling in Glacial Environments – Elizabeth A. Bagshaw
  19. Permafrost Dynamics – Margareta Johansson
  20. Polar Feedbacks in a Changing Climate – Richard Hodgkins
  21. Part Three: Polar Politics and Resource Futures

  22. The Antarctic Treaty, Territorial Claims and a Continent for Science – Klaus Dodds
  23. The Polar Regions and the Law of the Sea – Donald R. Rothwell
  24. The Arctic Council: Governance and International Relations – Timo Koivurova
  25. National Antarctic Programmes: the Politics-Science Interface – Anita Dey Nuttall
  26. Sustainable Development and Sustainability in Arctic Political Discourses – Birger Poppel
  27. Indigeneity, Sovereignty and Arctic Indigenous Internationalism – Jessica Shadian
  28. Geopolitics and Security in the Arctic – Andreas Østhagen
  29. Polar Tourism: Status, Trends, Futures – Emma J. Stewart and Daniela Liggett
  30. Consulting Arctic Energy: from Political Hearings to Roundtable Events – Arthur Mason
  31. Social and Environmental Impact Assessments in the Arctic – Anne Merrild Hansen, Sanne Vamme Larsen and Bram Noble
  32. Northern Fisheries – Alf Håkon Hoel
  33. The Future of Antarctica: Minerals, Bioprospecting and Fisheries – Sanjay Chaturvedi
  34. Conservation and Environmental Governance in the Polar Regions – Mark Nuttall
  35. Part Four: Polar Scientific Frontiers

  36. Polar Technology and Scientific Discovery: Exploring the Great Ice Sheets through Geophysics – Martin J. Siegert
  37. Looking into the Past: Ice and Sediment Cores – Robert McKay
  38. Subglacial Access and Investigation – Keith Makinson
  39. Upper Atmosphere Physics and Chemistry – Sheila Kirkwood
  40. Ocean-Land Interactions and the Arctic Carbon Cycle – Frans-Jan Parmentier
  41. Back to the Future: Detecting Past Arctic Change and Investing in Future Observations –

Terry V. Callaghan, Margareta Johansson and Nadya Matveyeva

About the Editors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Polar Regions
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geography