Past Antarctica

Past Antarctica

Paleoclimatology and Climate Change

1st Edition - June 4, 2020

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  • Editors: Marc Oliva, Jesus Ruiz Fernandez
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128179260
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128179253

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Past Antarctica: Paleoclimatology and Climate Change presents research on the past and present of Antarctica in reference to its current condition, including considerations for effects due to climate change. Experts in the field explore key topics, including environmental changes, human colonization and present environmental trends. Addressing a wide range of fields, including the biosphere, geology and biochemistry, the book offers geographers, climatologists and other Earth scientists a vital resource that is beneficial to an understanding of Antarctica, its history and conservation efforts.

Key Features

  • Synthesizes research on the past and present of Antarctica, bringing together top Earth scientists who work in this discipline
  • Presents the most complete reconstruction of the paleoclimate and environment of Antarctica, tying in long-term climatic changes to the current environment
  • Offers perspectives from different branches of the Earth Sciences using a spatial-temporal lens


Earth Scientists including climatologists, geographers, geomorphologists, workers in paleoenvironments, global and planetary change and the physical geography of Antarctica

Table of Contents

  • Part 1. Reconstructing Past Climate Variability
    1. Long-Term Climate Evolution Based on Ice Core Records
    2. Inferring the Past Atmospheric Composition from Ice Cores
    3. Holocene Environmental Changes Deduced from Antarctic Lake Sediments

    Part 2. Geological and Geomorphological Dynamics
    4. The role of volcanism in the making of Antarctica
    5. Tracing Deglaciation Since the Last Glacial Maximum
    6. Glacio-isostatic Uplift and Relative Sea Level Changes
    7. Past Geomorphic Processes: The role of Periglacial Processes in Ice-Free Environments
    8. Soils of Antarctica: A Key to Past Environments

    Part 3. Biological Processes and Human Colonization
    9. Past Changes on Fauna and Flora Distribution
    10. Refuge of Antarctic Biodiversity
    11. Geoecological Response

    Part 4. Recent Climate and Environmental Trends
    12. Connections with Middle and Low Latitudes
    13. Recent Climate Trends
    14. Exploring and Exploiting Antarctica: The First Human Interactions
    15. Humans in Antarctica: Science and Policy

Product details

  • No. of pages: 326
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: June 4, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128179260
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128179253

About the Editors

Marc Oliva

Marc Oliva holds a PhD in Geography from the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain, where he is now a research scientist leading a research group on Antarctic, Arctic, and Alpine environments. He has participated in eight expeditions to Antarctica and four to the High Arctic. His research interests include the study of geomorphological processes and past environments and climate in the polar regions and high mountains using a wide range of natural records (glacial, periglacial, and lacustrine).

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Scientist, Department of Geography, University of Barcelona, Spain

Jesus Ruiz Fernandez

Jesús Ruiz-Fernández is Assistant Professor at the University of Oviedo (Spain). His research experience includes over a decade of participation in various projects of national and international research; his current research activity is mainly focused on the quaternary and present-day environmental evolution of polar regions (Antarctica, Greenland) and mountain areas, as well as the study of natural hazards (mainly large snowfalls and snow avalanches). He has participated in the organization of scientific conferences and meetings, coordinated conference cycles, and conducted several research internship in universities and national and foreign centers. Dr. Ruiz-Fernández is a member of the Spanish Society of Geomorphology, the Spanish Association of Geography, the Permafrost Young Researchers Network (PYRN), and a corresponding member of the Royal Institute of Asturian Studies (RIDEA).

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Oviedo, Spain

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