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Antarctic Futures

Human Engagement with the Antarctic Environment

Tin, T., Liggett, D., Maher, P.T., Lamers, M. (Eds.)

2014, XX, 360 p. 33 illus., 16 illus. in color.

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  • Explores the views of leading researchers on the needs and challenges of Antarctic environmental governance, both now and in 50 years’ time
  • Investigates the impacts of human activities on Antarctic ecosystems and species
  • Integrates natural and social science approaches to examine existing and alternative environmental management and monitoring practices

This book discusses concerns for the sensitive environments and ecosystems of Antarctica and looks ahead to the state of the continent as it might be in 2060. At the beginning of the 21st century, Antarctica stands at the edge of a warmer and busier world. The editors have gathered leading researchers to examine the challenges of Antarctic environmental governance, and to address such important questions as: What future will Business-As-Usual bring to the Antarctic environment? Will a Business-As-Usual future be compatible with the objectives set out under the Antarctic Treaty, especially its Protocol on Environmental Protection? What actions are necessary to bring about alternative futures for the next 50 years?


An introductory chapter sets the scene by tracing the history of human activities, and the development of international legislation and other governance initiatives, for managing environmental impacts in Antarctica. Section A: Species and Ecosystems examines the future state of Antarctic ecosystems in general, and specifically focuses on baleen whales, fisheries, introduction of non-native species, and the consequences of human trampling on soils. Section B: Regional Case Studies offers detailed summaries of human activities and environmental management in three distinct regions - Fildes Peninsula and Deception Island in the South Shetland Islands, and McMurdo Station in the Ross Sea region - as microcosms of current practice from which lessons can be learned. Section C: Actors and Sectors offers a diverse set of perspectives from representatives of environmental non-governmental organizations and governmental institutions as well as from tourism and sustainability researchers on how Antarctica is used, valued and governed, and how strategic thinking can assist in exploring, and potentially reaching, desirable futures for the Antarctic environment. The conclusion chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and calls for integrating a strategic vision into all aspects of Antarctic environmental governance.


Antarctic Futures: Human Engagement with the Antarctic Environment draws on research from the International Polar Year (2007-2009) presented at the 2010 Oslo Science Conference, probing multiple dimensions of human engagement with the Antarctic environment.

Content Level » Graduate

Keywords » Antarctic Treaty System - Environmental management - Human impacts - Strategic planning - Values

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Environmental Management - Geography - Monitoring & Environmental Analysis - Nature Conservation & Biodiversity

Table of contents 

Chapter 1: Setting the scene: Human activities, environmental impacts and governance arrangements in Antarctica

Tina Tin, Machiel Lamers, Daniela Liggett, Patrick T. Maher, Kevin Hughes


Part I: Species and Ecosystems


Chapter 2: Human Impacts on Antarctic Wildlife: predictions and speculations for 2060

Eric Woehler, David Ainley, Julia Jabour


Chapter 3: Antarctic Marine Living Resources – “The future is not what it used to be”

Denzil Miller


Chapter 4: Present and future conservation management of Antarctic baleen whales

Rebecca Leaper, Simon Childerhouse


Chapter 5: Global movement and homogenisation of biota: challenges to the environmental management of Antarctica?

Kevin Hughes, Pete Convey, Ad Huiskes


Chapter 6: The Effects of Human Trampling on Maritime Antarctica Soils

Pablo Tejedo, Luis Pertierra, Javier Benayas


Part I Summary



Part II: Regional Case Studies



Chapter 7: Environmental Situation and Management Challenges for the Fildes Peninsula Region

Christina Braun, Fritz Hertel, Osama Mustafa, Anja Nordt, Simone Pfeiffer, Hans-UlrichPeter

Chapter 8: Historical developments, drivers of change and future scenarios for human activities in Deception Island

Luis Pertierra, Pablo Tejedo, Javier Benayas


Chapter 9: Long Term Monitoring of Human impacts to the Terrestrial Environment at McMurdo Station

Andrew G. Klein, Stephen T. Sweet, Mahlon C. Kennicutt II, Terry L. Wade, Terry A. Palmer, Paul Montagna


Part II Summary



Part III: Actors and Sectors



Chapter 10: Valuing Antarctica: Emerging Views from International Studies

Erin Neufeld, Jessica O'Reilly, Rupert Summerson, Tina Tin


Chapter 11: Strategic thinking and the Antarctic wilderness: Contrasting alternative futures

Ricardo Roura, Tina Tin


Chapter 12: Strategic management and regulation of Antarctic tourism

Julia Jabour


Chapter 13: Future challenges in environmental management of National Antarctic Programs

Rodolfo Sanchez, Birgit Njaastad


Chapter 14: Strategic thinking for the Antarctic environment: the use of assessment tools in governance

Machiel Lamers, Daniela Liggett, Tina Tin


Part III Summary


Chapter 15: Conclusions: Multiple dimensions of human engagement with the Antarctic environment

Daniela Liggett, Machiel Lamers, Tina Tin, Patrick T. Maher


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