Sustained Antarctic Research: A 21st Century Imperative

Mahlon Kennicutt II, Klaus Dodds

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The view from the south is, more than ever, dominated by ominous signs of change. Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are intrinsic to the Earth system, and their evolution is intertwined with and influences the course of the Anthropocene. In turn, changes in the Antarctic affect and presage humanity's future. Growing understanding is countering popular beliefs that Antarctica is pristine, stable, isolated, and reliably frozen. An aspirational roadmap for Antarctic science has facilitated research since 2014. A renewed commitment to gathering further knowledge will quicken the pace of understanding of Earth systems and beyond. Progress is already evident, such as addressing uncertainties in the causes and pace of ice loss and global sea-level rise. However, much remains to be learned. As an iconic global “commons,” the rapidity of Antarctic change will provoke further political action. Antarctic research is more vital than ever to a sustainable future for this One Earth.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-113
Number of pages19
JournalOne Earth
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2019


  • Antarctica
  • Science
  • Humanity
  • Social Science
  • Futures

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