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The Arctic region
An in-depth map showing the Arctic region, showing the continuous and discontinuous permafrost lines, the phytogeographic Arctic boundary, the limit of the data that has been provided by Conservation of Arctic Flora and ...
01 Nov 2006 - by UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Existing and proposed Coastal and Marine protected areas of the Arctic
Includes Marine Protected Areas and Protected Areas with Major or Minor Marine or Coastal Components. Prepared for the the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF), Habitat Conservation Report No. 2.
13 Feb 2006 - by UNEP/GRID-Arendal
The Arctic region - definitions
Several definitions of the Arctic, physical temperature boundaries, political boundaries, such as as the CAFF delineation, and the Arctic Circle. Compiled by GRID-Arendal and presented in the CAFF Habitat Conservation Re...
01 Nov 2006 - by UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Arctic, topography and bathymetry
(See http://maps.grida.no/go/graphic/arctic-topography-and-bathymetry1 for an updated version of this map) The Arctic is extremely diverse in terms of landscapes, varying from pack and drift ice to rugged shores, flat co...
18 Dec 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Projected changes in Arctic pack ice (sea ice minimum extent)
The averages of the scenarios in the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) for the Arctic sea ice extent (the permanent ice) are presented in this map, with the successive decrease in the ice up to 2090. The projection...
18 Dec 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Development of fossil fuel resources in the Arctic, 2005
Barents Sea: The 2004 lifting of an embargo on offshore hydrocarbon exploration in the Norwegian Barents has renewed activity there. Regulation of exploration is animportant political issue. Debate in 2005 focused on env...
13 Feb 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Arctic sea routes - Northern sea route and Northwest passage
Sea routes along the edges of the Arctic ocean, or rather along the coasts of Northern Canada and Russia, holds potential for decreasing the number of days in shipping goods from the Pacific to Atlantic coasts in Europe ...
13 Feb 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Thinning of the Arctic sea-ice
Sea-ice draft is the thickness of the part of the ice that is submerged under the sea. Comparison of sea-ice draft data acquired on submarine cruises between 1993 and 1997 with similar data acquired between 1958 and 1976...
17 May 2005 - by Philippe Rekacewicz, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Tree line in the Arctic
This graphic shows the location of the arctic tree line. Boreal forest occurs only to the south of the tree line (the dark green line on the graphic). The Arctic area, as defined by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment P...
07 Oct 2005 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Human impact on the Arctic environment 2002
Human activities influence the environment and reduce the value of forests, tundra and plains in terms of original biodiversity and habitat. Primarily larger mammals are hit by the fragmentation caused by roads and pipel...
26 Jan 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Human impact on the Arctic environment 2032 (markets first scenario)
Human activities influence the environment and reduce the value of forests, tundra and plains in terms of original biodiversity and habitat. Primarily larger mammals are hit by the fragmentation caused by roads and pipel...
26 Jan 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Arctic development hotspots
Projects in developing extraction of fossil fuels, such as oil and natural gas are underway in several places in the Arctic - both on land and in the sea. The fuels are to be transported by both land and sea pipelines, a...
01 Nov 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Projected changes in the Arctic climate, 2090 - with shipping routes
The averages of the scenarios in the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) are presented in this figure, for the year 2090, with the surface temperatures over land, the size of the polar ice cap, and the outer limits o...
16 Sep 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Arctic conservation area (CAFF), topographic map
The Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna is a working group under the Arctic Council, for the countries of Russia, Denmark, USA, Canada, Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Finland and indigenous peoples. Monitoring, assessmen...
16 Sep 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Protected areas and wilderness
Wilderness areas in the Arctic, representing vast expanses of tundra and taiga that sees very little human disturbance and stress have been determined by an analysis prepared by the UN Environment Programme World Conserv...
06 Dec 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Ecoregions prioritised for conservation, in the Arctic (WWF Global 200)
Ecoregions represent large areas with geographically characteristic fauna, flora and climate - both marine and terrestrial. This graphic presents the ecoregion definitions identified by the World Wildlife Fund and associ...
06 Dec 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Major wilderness areas in the Arctic
The Arctic covers around 33.5 million km2 and holds the largest continuous expanses of unfragmented wilderness in the world, outside of Antarctica. Indeed, seven of the ten largest wilderness areas in the world outside A...
01 Oct 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Pathways of contaminants to the Arctic
Many POPs (persistent organic pollutants), heavy metals and other contaminants from emissions further south are accumulated in Arctic food chains and ultimately in indigenous peoples. This process is often referred to as...
06 Dec 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Shift in climatic zones, Arctic scenario
The scenarios from the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment (ACIA) project that temperatures will increase dramatically in the Arctic, more than in many other parts of the world. This leads to effects, such as the decrease o...
01 Nov 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
Protected areas in the terrestrial priority ecoregions in the Arctic
Certain areas have been identified as priority ecoregions for conservation (WWF Global 200) due to their unique biodiversity characteristics. Significant parts of these regions are without any protection, as identified b...
06 Dec 2006 - by Hugo Ahlenius, UNEP/GRID-Arendal
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