Antarctic Futures

Human Engagement with the Antarctic Environment

  • Tina Tin
  • Daniela Liggett
  • Patrick T Maher
  • Machiel Lamers

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Tina Tin, Machiel Lamers, Daniela Liggett, Patrick T. Maher, Kevin A. Hughes
    Pages 1-24
  3. Species and Ecosystems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Eric J. Woehler, David Ainley, Julia Jabour
      Pages 27-60
    3. Rebecca Leaper, Simon Childerhouse
      Pages 97-112
    4. Pablo Tejedo, Luis R. Pertierra, Javier Benayas
      Pages 139-161
    5. Back Matter
      Pages 163-165
  4. Regional Case Studies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Christina Braun, Fritz Hertel, Osama Mustafa, Anja Nordt, Simone Pfeiffer, Hans-Ulrich Peter
      Pages 169-191
    3. Andrew G. Klein, Stephen T. Sweet, Mahlon C. Kennicutt II, Terry L. Wade, Terry A. Palmer, Paul Montagna
      Pages 213-227
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 167-167
  5. Actors and Sectors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 229-229
    2. Erin Neufeld, Jessica O’Reilly, Rupert Summerson, Tina Tin
      Pages 233-252
    3. Rodolfo Andrés Sánchez, Birgit Njaastad
      Pages 287-306
    4. Back Matter
      Pages 329-331
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Daniela Liggett, Machiel Lamers, Tina Tin, Patrick T. Maher
      Pages 335-351
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 353-360

About this book


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.


Antarctic Treaty System Environmental management Human impacts Strategic planning Values

Editors and affiliations

  • Tina Tin
    • 1
  • Daniela Liggett
    • 2
  • Patrick T Maher
    • 3
  • Machiel Lamers
    • 4
  1. 1.Challes-les-EauxFrance
  2. 2.Gateway Antarctica University of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand
  3. 3.University of Northern British Columbia Outdoor Recreation & Tourism ManagementPrince GeorgeCanada
  4. 4.Environmental Policy GroupWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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