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The GlobalArctic MOOC introduces you the dynamics between global changes and changes in the Arctic.
- Level: Intermediate
- Commitment: 4 weeks of study, 4-5 hours/week
- Language: English
- How To Pass: Pass all graded assignments to complete the course.
Taught by: Matthias Finger, Professor EPFL, ITPP, MIR, IGLUS Lab
The GlobalArctic project will respond to urgent political and scientific needs to gain a better understanding of the globalized Arctic with rapid regional and world-wide changes.
The Arctic region is a unique and important part of the Earth system
it is now experiencing some of the most rapid environmental, social, economic and geopolitical changes, resulting from combined long-range pollution, climate change and globalization. Consequently, the Arctic region has now become part and parcel of systemic global economic, technological, cultural and environmental change. Simultaneously, what happens in the Arctic region has significant implications on the global economy, world politics and, most importantly, the Earth system. Given these changes, it is crucial that the Arctic peoples and nations, the Arctic countries and the world at large gain a greater understanding of processes taking place in the region. This observation has led us to propose that the GlobalArctic be considered “a interdisciplinary laboratory of the Anthropocene”, in which no less than the future of industrial civilization is probably being played out before our eyes.
The Arctic has become a global arena. This development can only be comprehensively understood from a transdisciplinary perspective encompassing ecological, cultural, societal, economic, industrial, geopolitical, and security considerations. This book offers thorough explanations of Arctic developments and challenges.
This book offers a systematic and comprehensive introduction to the Arctic in the era of globalization, or as it is referred to here, the ‘GlobalArctic’. It provides an overview of the current status of the Arctic as a result of global change, while also considering the changes in the Arctic that have a global effect.