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Science into Policy : Global Lessons from Antarctica - Paul Arthur Berkman

Science into Policy

Global Lessons from Antarctica

Hardcover Published: 10th October 2001
ISBN: 9780120915606
Number Of Pages: 252

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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.

"The message is clear, and there are very many examples in this book which support it. The reader learns a lot about links between scientific disciplines and the advantages of scientific cooperation...I recommend the book because of its clear message, which merits support especially by those who are educating young people." - Arch. Fish. Mar. Res. (2004) "...interdisciplinary integration of Antarctic history, science, economics and policy in the context of the Earth System and humankind..." -POLAR TIMES "Patterned after a senior-level course on Antarctica taught at Ohio State University, this book addresses all aspects of scientific research in this frozen land and also captures the unique international policy framework of conducting research there." -GEOTIMES "Antarctica is a prominent example of the potential of global cooperation. Since the signing of the 1959 Antarctic Treaty, over 40 countries have studied the continent's climate and environment in an amicable partnership. The book integrates an examination of this governmental union with an extensive discussion of earth system science and Antarctica's role in the preservation of global resources. The marriage of policy and science in Antarctica is emphasized as a prime example of the interational collaboration necessary to sustain life on earth." BULLETIN OF AMERICAN METEOROLOGICAL SOCIETY "Berkman (Ohio State Univ.) undertakes the integration of Earth system science with environmental and resource policies on an international scale. In 12 chapters (arranged in five parts), he covers a wide range of topics: a global introduction; the history of international policies in Antarctica; Earth system science, emphasizing the importance of Antarctica in a global context; conservation and sustainable use; and the connection of science and policy in Antarctica as a precedent for environmental concerns elsewhere in the world. The volume is based on the author's long experience with these concerns, in both the classroom and the field. This is an ambitious undertaking that is successfully achieved in a relatively slim volume that is easily read. It is generally well written, with few errors of any importance, and is attractively produced. Figures and illustrations are simple and clear, and its supporting material is strong; the latter includes a comprehensive set of references and Web resources for each chapter; a comprehensive index; and a searchable database on the Antarctic Treaty on compact disc for Windows-based systems. General readers; upper-division undergraduates and graduate students." -CHOICE "...Informative and accessible accounts of geological processes, the Earth's climate system, the hydrological cycle, and biological processes at the planetary level along with well-informed accounts of the models underlying major lines of thinking about conservation, sustainable resource use, and environmental protection... Paul Berkman is one of a small band of scientists who take seriously the challenge that Earth system science offers to scientific business as usual, and he largely succeeds in his goal of using examples from Antarctica throughout "to illustrate the events, entities, and phenomena influencing our Earth system across time and space" (pg. 18). This is no mean feat. Those willing to devote their scientific careers to the effort to meet this challenge deserve our strongest support." -POLAR RECORD

Forewordp. XI
Prefacep. XIII
Acknowledgmentsp. XXI
Prologue: The Beauty of Antarcticap. XXIII
Earth System Science: Sense of Wonder
Global Dimensions
Top to Bottomp. 5
Water and Lifep. 10
Across Timep. 12
Conceptual Integration
Symbols and Systemsp. 17
Gradients and Hierarchiesp. 20
Decision-Makingp. 22
Progress of All Mankind: International Policy
Terra Australis Incognita
Exploring the Unknownp. 33
Talisman of Priorityp. 34
Claiming Territoryp. 43
Awakening Science
Discoveryp. 47
Science beyond Nationsp. 49
International Geophysical Yearp. 53
International Stewardship
Antarctic Treaty Systemp. 59
Diverse Stakeholdersp. 67
International Cooperationp. 74
Our Dynamic Planet: Interdisciplinary Science
Spreading Planet
Geologic Timep. 81
Continental Separationp. 83
Antarctic Glaciationp. 89
Flowing Planet
Fluctuating Ice Sheetsp. 95
Sea-Level Seesawp. 101
Oceanic Conveyorp. 105
Breathing Planet
Circumpolar Cyclonep. 113
Water in, Water outp. 118
Greenhouse Respirationp. 122
Living Planet
Biocomplexityp. 131
Limiting Factorsp. 138
Pyramid of Lifep. 143
Sustainable Resource Use: Resource Economics
Ecosystem Conservation
Harvesting Historyp. 157
Interacting Ecosystemsp. 169
Sustainabilityp. 172
Environmental Protection
Multiple-Use Resourcesp. 183
Impact Assessmentp. 196
Accommodating Valuesp. 203
Our Global Commons: Precedent for Humanity
The Science Keystone
Inspiring Perspectivep. 211
Emerging Common Interestsp. 213
"Peaceful Purposes Only"p. 219
Cited Referencesp. 223
Recommended Resourcesp. 227
Indexp. 237
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ISBN: 9780120915606
ISBN-10: 012091560X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 10th October 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.11 x 15.49  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.57