Legal Issues of MSR in the Arctic: A Chinese Perspective

  • Zhiguo Gao
Part of the Beiträge zum ausländischen öffentlichen Recht und Völkerrecht book series (BEITRÄGE, volume 235)


The Arctic region is the northernmost area on earth, consisting of a vast area of permanently frozen ice floating in the middle of the Arctic Ocean and surrounded by continental land masses and islands. The Arctic is not only a key area in the world climatic system and an essential actor in the physical, chemical and biological balance of the planet, but also an important region for global change research. As the Arctic is extremely vulnerable to projected climate change and since the changesin the atmosphere, ocean, and land of the Arctic will impact on other regions in the world, marine scientific research (‘MSR’) in the Arctic is essential for understanding and mitigating environmental change in both the Arctic and any other given region of the world.


Continental Shelf Arctic Ocean Exclusive Economic Zone United Nation Convention Arctic State 
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© Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhiguo Gao
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  1. 1.China Institute for Marine AffairsBeijingChina

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