Science Into Policy: Global Lessons from Antarctica

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Academic Press, 2002 - Nature - 252 pages

Science into Policy: Global Lessons from Antarctica reveals a unique model for integrating Earth system science with environmental and resource policies to balance economic, governmental, and societal interests. Since the International Geophysical Year in 1957-1958, scientific investigation has fostered international cooperation and the rational use of Antarctica for peaceful purposes only. Beyond merely presenting information, this book integrates content and concepts in a manner that will appeal to individuals with interests in the natural and the social sciences.

  • Integrated chapters convey the natural and the human dimensions of Antarctica.
  • Time and space concepts are introduced from diverse perspectives to facilitate insights into ecosystem and environmental variability.
  • Included CD-ROM provides searchable access to a comprehensive database of Antarctic Treaty documents.
  • The author has been leading international expeditions to "the ice" for the past three decades.

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Contents

THE BEAUTY OF ANTARCTICA
xxiii
EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE SENSE OF WONDER
1
GLOBAL DIMENSIONS
5
Water and Life
10
Across Time
12
CONCEPTUAL INTEGRATION
17
Gradients and Hierarchies
20
DecisionMaking
22
SeaLevel Seesaw
98
Oceanic Conveyor
102
BREATHING PLANET
110
Water in Water out
115
Greenhouse Respiration
119
LIVING PLANET
128
Limiting Factors
135
Pyramid of Life
140

PROGRESS OF ALL MANKIND INTERNATIONAL POLICY
29
TERRA AUSTRALIS INCOGNITA
33
Talisman of Priority
34
Claiming Territory
43
AWAKENING SCIENCE
47
Science beyond Nations
49
International Geophysical Year
53
INTERNATIONAL STEWARDSHIP
59
Diverse Stakeholders
67
International Cooperation
74
OUR DYNAMIC PLANET INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCE
77
SPREADING PLANET
81
Continental Separation
83
Antarctic Glaciation
86
FLOWING PLANET
93
SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE USE RESOURCE ECONOMICS
148
ECOSYSTEM CONSERVATION
154
Interacting Ecosystems
166
Sustainability
169
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
180
Impact Assessment
193
Accommodating Valyes
200
OUR GLOBAL COMMONS PRECEDENT FOR HUMANITY
204
THE SCIENCE KEYSTONE
208
Emerging Common Interests
210
Peaceful Purposes Only
216
CITED REFERENCES
220
RECOMMENDED RESOURCES
224
INDEX
234
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Paul Arthur Berkman works at Ohio State University in the Byrd Polar Research Center, Columbus, USA

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