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Threats to the Arctic - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128215555

Threats to the Arctic

1st Edition

Author: Scott Elias
Paperback ISBN: 9780128215555
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st March 2021
Page Count: 370
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Threats to the Arctic discusses all the current threats to this fragile region, emphasizing the interconnections between many environmental impacts, as well as the teleconnections between events already emerging in the Arctic (ocean circulation changes, melting of sea ice, glaciers and ice sheets) and other parts of the world. The book's aim is to inform readers about the impending, sometimes irreversible changes coming to the Arctic. University students, environmental engineers, policymakers and sociologists with an interest in the role of the Arctic in global change will benefit from the book's unique perspective.

As this remote, inhospitable part of the world that few people will ever visit provides amazing insights, we can no longer have an 'out of sight – out of mind’ approach to the environmental upheavals taking place in the Arctic.

Key Features

  • Provides the most up-to-date information on this rapidly changing, critical part of the world
  • Offers a holistic understanding of the interconnections between global environmental changes and impacts in the Arctic
  • Examines fact-based pressure on politics and industry to preserve Arctic biota and environments


University students, environmental engineers, policy makers, and sociologists with an interest in the role of the Arctic in global change

Table of Contents

SECTION 1 Arctic Seas
1. Loss of sea ice
2. Rising sea-surface temperatures
3. Changes in ocean circulation patterns
4. Sea level change
5. Impacts of ocean acidification on Arctic marine ecosystems
6. Impacts of chemical pollution on marine ecosystems
7. Impacts of overfishing in Arctic and subarctic waters
8. Impacts of global shipping to Arctic Ocean ecosystems

SECTION 2 Arctic ice
9. Decline in mountain glaciers
10. Changes in Arctic Island Ice Sheets
11. Greenland Ice Sheet

SECTION 3 Arctic lands
12. Changes in terrestrial environments
13. Impacts of global change
14. Invasive species
15. Impacts of oil and mineral extraction
16. Impacts of permafrost degradation

SECTION 4 Arctic peoples
17. Threats to Native ways of life
18. Changing political landscape of the Arctic


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About the Author

Scott Elias

Scott Elias received his PhD in environmental biology from the University of Colorado, Colorado, United States, then he went on to do postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada and the University of Berne, Switzerland. Dr. Elias returned to the University of Colorado in 1982 and became a research associate of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. He became a fellow of the institute before departing for England to take up a lectureship in physical geography at Royal Holloway, University of London, London, United Kingdom. He became a Professor of Quaternary Science in 2007, following the publication of the Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science that same year. He retired from Royal Holloway in 2017 and continues to do research in Quaternary environments, focusing on the Arctic. Dr. Elias has authored or edited 11 books and over 200 journal articles and book chapters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

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