After taking this course you will have an understanding of Arctic landscapes, how they were formed and how they are changing. You will also learn how scientists from countries around the North are working together to understand how these changes will affect vegetation, wildlife, the People of the North and the global community. You will experience a range of scientific topics, with up-to-date information on processes that will affect our future climate and the planet we share. We will discuss how the future Arctic environment will pose both challenges and opportunities to different sectors of the global community.
After completing this course learners will be able to value the Arctic, to think globally about our life and our responsibility to future generations.
- What is the Arctic, where is it and why should we be interested in it?
- Changing landforms: the legacy of glaciers and permafrost
- Permafrost and its effects
- Snow and ice
- Land-atmosphere linkages
- Life on cold lands
- Life in cold waters
- The People of the Arctic
- The global Community affected by the changing Arctic
- What can we do to understand the changes and their consequences
Needed Learner Background
Lower division undergraduate
Upper division undergraduate
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TERRY V. CALLAGHAN
Distinguished Research Professor and Member, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Professor of Arctic Ecology, University of Sheffield, UK, Professor of Botany, Tomsk State University, Coordinator of the INTERACT Network of Arctic Terrestrial Research Stations, Honorary Doctor of the Universities of Lund (Sweden), Oulu (Finland) and Tomsk State, (Russia), Recipient of the Polar Medal (UK),the Vega Medal (Sweden) and joint recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize