Over the past two decades, interest in the Polar Regions has increased in multiple disciplines. Within Geography, those interests encompass all aspects of our discipline, from physical to human geography, from GIS studies to interdisciplinary endeavors. The range of topics address by geographers interested in these regions bespeaks the breadth of our discipline but does not always provide a cohesive understanding of the direction(s) that geographers are taking within Arctic or Antarctic studies. Indeed, the discipline of geography “has lacked a clear commitment to advancing a ‘critical area studies’ agenda” (Koch 2016) more generally. Understanding that addressing critical theory and area studies is inherently linked to questions of representation of place, people, and environment, and it would seem that critical area studies of the Polar Regions could address the kaleidoscope of concerns for a region while also engaging substantively with theoretical conceptualizations from across the discipline.
This session seeks to highlight the contributions of, and connections between, emerging areas of scholarship in polar geography. Topics include but are not limited to:
• Vulnerability, resilience, adaptive capacity
• Sustainability and security
• Gender and LGBTQ studies
• Health and medicine
• Climate and physical change
• Subsistence and urbanization trends
• Extractive industries
• Differences and similarities between the polar regions
This is a wide range of topics! Based on the number of papers that we may receive to participate in these sessions, we may aim to form multiple sessions that address smaller subsets of interest in the Polar Regions.
|Presenter||Andrey Petrov*, University of Northern Iowa, Modeling Coastal Social-Ecological Systems in the Arctic: Conceptual Approaches and Applications||20||5:20 PM|
|Presenter||Marilyn Raphael*, UCLA, Mark Stephen Handcock, UCLA Department of Statistics, Modelling the Annual Cycle of Antarctic Sea ice Extent||20||5:40 PM|
|Presenter||Christopher Yen*, Brown University, Andrey N Petrov, University of Northern Iowa, Hyperspectral imaging of spring sea ice off Point Barrow, Alaska: classification, melt index, and polar bear habitat assessment||20||6:00 PM|
|Presenter||Rowan Cole*, Western Michgian University, The Effects of Deforestation on Carbon Storage in Khabarovsk Krai, Russia||20||6:20 PM|
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