The Changing Arctic

A course from an honored professor on the ecology of the Arctic, modern approaches to the study of its past, present and future.
10 lessons with assignments
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About the course
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 the People of the North and the global community. You will experience a range of scientific topics, up-to-date-methods for understanding our environment, and the current consensus views on the future of the Arctic environment.
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No prior knowledge is needed for this course; participants should only come equipped with natural curiosity and a willingness to invest time in understanding an environmental issue of global concern. The terms and concepts are targeted at an educated public, not specialists, but resources will be provided so those who are motivated can explore some issues in more depth
Author
Terry V. Callaghan
British biologist specialized in the ecology of the Arctic. Much of his work on arctic plants has taken place in Abisko in northernmost Sweden, based at the Abisko Scientific Research Station where he served as director. He was a lead author of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Reports chapter on polar regions.

Callaghan was awarded the Zayed International Prize for the Environment in 2007, the Vega Medal by the Swedish Society for Anthropology and Geography in 2011, the International Arctic Science Committee medal in 2017. He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to advancing knowledge and international collaboration in Arctic science.
Course program
1. What is the Arctic, where is it and why should we be interested in it?
This module will introduce the INTERACT basis of the course and brief description as well as give different definitions of the Arctic, characteristics of the Arctic, peoples of the Arctic, Ecosystem Services and global connections.
2. Сhanging landforms: the legacy of glaciers and permafrost
In this module we will talk about glacial erosion, moraines, ice dams and tsunamis
3. Permafrost and its effects
In this module you will learn about permafrost characteristics, changes and effects on landscapes, hydrology and infrastructure.
4. Snow and ice
This module will introduce changing snow conditions, snow as an insulator, pollutants in snow, life in snow, melting ice, glacier dynamics and effects.
5. Land-atmosphere linkages
This module represents examples of biogeochemical and biogeophysical feedback to climate and what a feedback is. In this module we discuss carbon dioxide, methane, volatile organic compounds, albedo, energy exchange.
6. Life on cold lands
This module is dedicated to the arctic life zone, arctic plants and animals, population cycles, species interactions, and the „greening“ of the Arctic.
7. Life in cold waters
In this module we will talk about high latitude lakes as indicators of environmental change past and present, changes in lake ice; the importance of water color; wet surfaces and microbes, water plants and animals.
8. The People of the Arctic
In this module you will learn about what changes in the Arctic mean for the People of the Arctic and how they can work with scientists.
9. The global Community affected by the changing Arctic
This module is dedicated to challenges and opportunities of Arctic change; winners and losers; widening inequalities.
10. What can we do to understand the changes and their consequences?
In this module you will learn about INTERACT’s role in arctic collaboration, global and region initiatives, public involvement.
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10 lessons
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Free schedule
There are no deadlines or due dates for homework assignments. Materials are available immediately, you can start learning through the chatbot at any time and return to the course when you have time
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The Changing Arctic
A course from an honored professor on the ecology of the Arctic, modern approaches to the study of its past, present and future
What will you get
  • 10 lessons with assignments in a chatbot
  • Author’s presentation: simple, clear and with interest in the subject
  • Free schedule: no deadlines and due dates for assignments
  • All materials are available immediately, you can start learning at a convenient time
  • Professional video and modern graphics
  • Quick contact with technical support
  • Certificate of Completion
Sign up for the course for free. Learning will start in summer 2022
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