Climate change, a change in climate conditions such as temperature, winds, rain and snowfall, is now happening all over the world and is predicted to occur even more in the future.
But did you know that the polar regions have a special role to play in climate change? The Arctic is one of the fastest warming regions of the world, making it a good early warning signal for what climate change may cause in other regions. The dramatic impacts of climate change in the polar regions, like ice and snow melt and permafrost warming, will have many global effects, such as sea-level rise. Climate change will also particularly affect the lives of people in the Arctic, who depend on the environment for activities like hunting, fishing, and reindeer herding.
Research efforts in the Arctic and Antarctic are continuing to find out more about current climate change and to predict future climate change. This poster presents some of what we know so far.
This poster is a part of a set of five posters for the International Polar Year, IPY 2007-2009. As editorial objectives, we - the editorial staff - have tried to address the questions: Why, and how, are the Polar Regions and polar research important to all people on Earth? Our goals has been that these should be a broad sample of polar issues, and that they would work as a "textbook" on a wall. High-school age students has been identified as the main target group. Each poster stands on its own but is recognizable as part of the series through the common design template. The lifespan of these products is not limited to the IPY period (March 2007 - March 2009) and the ambition is that these will be useful beyond this period.
The Climate Change in the Polar Regions poster gives background and overview information presenting the diversity of issues that the Arctic and the Antarctic are facing related to climate change.
This poster has been prepared with the intent for printing by any interested party. The poster can be downloaded for free and unrestricted.
Texts and editors
Heather Main and Hugo Ahlenius, GRID-Arendal
Maps and charts
Hugo Ahlenius, GRID-Arendal and others (please see respective map for full details).
From top left, clockwise.
- Michael Kuiper
- Palestrina55 (through Flickr)
- Steve Amstrup, US Fish and Wildlife Service
- Rebecca Reuter
- Peter Prokosch, WWF
To find out more about the issues presented in this poster, a few suggested links