Brave new Arctic The untold story of the melting North

Mark C. Serreze

Book - 2018

In the 1990s, researchers in the Arctic noticed that floating summer sea ice had begun receding. This was accompanied by shifts in ocean circulation and unexpected changes in weather patterns throughout the world. The Arctic's perennially frozen ground, known as permafrost, was warming, and treeless tundra was being overtaken by shrubs. What was going on? Brave New Arctic is Mark Serreze's riveting firsthand account of how scientists from around the globe came together to find answers....

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Science essentials (National Academy of Sciences (U.S.))
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Published
Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press [2018]
Language
English
Physical Description
xii, 255 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-249) and index.
ISBN
9780691173993
0691173990
Main Author
Mark C. Serreze (author)
  • Beginnings
  • It's not what it used to be
  • The Arctic stirs
  • Unaami
  • Epiphany
  • Rude awakenings
  • Looking ahead.
Review by Choice Reviews

Arctic science has become a centerpiece for understanding the impacts of global climate change, and decades of federally funded research across multiple fields of study have documented dramatic changes in the atmosphere, hydrologic and cryospheric systems (including glaciers, oceans, permafrost, rivers, and sea ice), and terrestrial ecosystems. A remarkable, often cited fact is that surface temperatures over the Arctic are rising, on average, at twice the rate of the rest of the planet. Although this result seems a simple indicator of change and of consequences to come, the theme of this book is one of complex and varying relationships and interdependencies of Arctic systems, from intricate human activities to the steady but certain decline in sea-ice extent and volume. Serreze (National Snow and Ice Data Center; Univ. of Colorado) offers readers an engrossing insider's account of how a diverse science community coalesced around puzzling findings to emerge with remarkable discoveries, occasional periods of confusion, and sometimes controversial interpretations. The author's accessible and compelling style reveals deep insights into how the Arctic works, how it has changed, and where it is headed. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.--R. A. Delgado Jr., National Insitutes of HealthRoberto Antonio DelgadoNational Insitutes of Health Roberto Antonio Delgado Choice Reviews 56:02 October 2018 Copyright 2018 American Library Association.

Review by Choice Reviews

Arctic science has become a centerpiece for understanding the impacts of global climate change, and decades of federally funded research across multiple fields of study have documented dramatic changes in the atmosphere, hydrologic and cryospheric systems (including glaciers, oceans, permafrost, rivers, and sea ice), and terrestrial ecosystems. A remarkable, often cited fact is that surface temperatures over the Arctic are rising, on average, at twice the rate of the rest of the planet. Although this result seems a simple indicator of change and of consequences to come, the theme of this book is one of complex and varying relationships and interdependencies of Arctic systems, from intricate human activities to the steady but certain decline in sea-ice extent and volume. Serreze (National Snow and Ice Data Center; Univ. of Colorado) offers readers an engrossing insider's account of how a diverse science community coalesced around puzzling findings to emerge with remarkable discoveries, occasional periods of confusion, and sometimes controversial interpretations. The author's accessible and compelling style reveals deep insights into how the Arctic works, how it has changed, and where it is headed. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.--R. A. Delgado Jr., National Insitutes of HealthRoberto Antonio DelgadoNational Insitutes of Health Roberto Antonio Delgado Choice Reviews 56:02 October 2018 Copyright 2018 American Library Association.

Review by Choice Reviews

Arctic science has become a centerpiece for understanding the impacts of global climate change, and decades of federally funded research across multiple fields of study have documented dramatic changes in the atmosphere, hydrologic and cryospheric systems (including glaciers, oceans, permafrost, rivers, and sea ice), and terrestrial ecosystems. A remarkable, often cited fact is that surface temperatures over the Arctic are rising, on average, at twice the rate of the rest of the planet. Although this result seems a simple indicator of change and of consequences to come, the theme of this book is one of complex and varying relationships and interdependencies of Arctic systems, from intricate human activities to the steady but certain decline in sea-ice extent and volume. Serreze (National Snow and Ice Data Center; Univ. of Colorado) offers readers an engrossing insider's account of how a diverse science community coalesced around puzzling findings to emerge with remarkable discoveries, occasional periods of confusion, and sometimes controversial interpretations. The author's accessible and compelling style reveals deep insights into how the Arctic works, how it has changed, and where it is headed. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.--R. A. Delgado Jr., National Insitutes of HealthRoberto Antonio DelgadoNational Insitutes of Health Roberto Antonio Delgado Choice Reviews 56:02 October 2018 Copyright 2018 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An insider account of how researchers unraveled the mystery of the thawing Arctic profiles the international group of scientists who investigated receding ice and warming permafrost before concluding that human-induced climate change was responsible and is posing potentially devastating global consequences.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

An insider account of how researchers unraveled the mystery of the thawing ArcticIn the 1990s, researchers in the Arctic noticed that floating summer sea ice had begun receding. This was accompanied by shifts in ocean circulation and unexpected changes in weather patterns throughout the world. The Arctic's perennially frozen ground, known as permafrost, was warming, and treeless tundra was being overtaken by shrubs. What was going on? Brave New Arctic is Mark Serreze's riveting firsthand account of how scientists from around the globe came together to find answers.In a sweeping tale of discovery spanning three decades, Serreze describes how puzzlement turned to concern and astonishment as researchers came to understand that the Arctic of old was quickly disappearing--with potentially devastating implications for the entire planet. Serreze is a world-renowned Arctic geographer and climatologist who has conducted fieldwork on ice caps, glaciers, sea ice, and tundra in the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic. In this must-read book, he blends invaluable insights from his own career with those of other pioneering scientists who, together, ushered in an exciting new age of Arctic exploration. Along the way, he accessibly describes the cutting-edge science that led to the alarming conclusion that the Arctic is rapidly thawing due to climate change, that humans are to blame, and that the global consequences are immense.A gripping scientific adventure story, Brave New Arctic shows how the Arctic's extraordinary transformation serves as a harbinger of things to come if we fail to meet the challenge posed by a warming Earth.