Serreze, Mark

A very smooth read, Brave New Arctic is an arresting account of the history of climate science in the Arctic.
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 taken over 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 in the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic on ice caps, glaciers, sea ice, and tundra. 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 them 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.

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Princeton University Press, April 2018, 248 pages, hardcover, 8 plates with 10 colour & b/w photos and colour illustrations; 30 b/w photos and b/w illustrations