At the beginning of the 21st century, Antarctica is poised at the edge of a warmer and busier world.
Leading Antarctic researchers examine the needs and challenges of Antarctic environmental management today and tomorrow.
Through: (i) investigating the impacts of human activities on specific ecosystems and species, (ii) examining existing environmental management and monitoring practices in place in various regions and (iii) interrogating stakeholders, they address the following questions: 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?
This volume is an outcome of the International Polar Year (2007-2009) Oslo Science Conference (8-12, June, 2010).