This course introduces participants to the ecological and physical characteristics of the Antarctic environment and Antarctic governance. It has a particular focus on current environmental policies in place to protect Antarctica and future policy and governance needs. The exceptional nature of the Antarctic climate and ecosystems will be explored, along with the current state and predictions based on further human-induced climate change. A suite of potential future implications of environmental change for Antarctic governance will also be examined.
Learners will gain
- An understanding of the peculiar governance regime for the Antarctic
- Knowledge about the global climate system, with a focus on the role played by Antarctica
- An appreciation for the impacts of climate change on Antarctic ecosystems
- An insight into key characteristics of Antarctic fauna, including whales, penguins and seals
- The ability to think creatively about possible climate futures and explore their implications for Antarctic governance and ecosystems.
Who would benefit:
- Antarctic educators and science communicators
- Climate scientists
- Environmental economists
- Humanities scholars and social scientists
- Marine biologists
- Policymakers and diplomats
- Those interested in working in Antarctica
- Those with an interest in science outreach