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The Arctic in an Earth System Context: From Brake to Accelerator of Change

Steffen, Will


Human activities over the past few centuries have profoundly changed the functioning of the earth system as a whole. These changes are particularly evident in the high latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere, where environmental change has been pronounced and rapid. Such changes have implications beyond the region, as they can lead to two important feedback processes: the ice-albedo feedback and the terrestrial carbon cycle-climate feedback. These processes play an exceptionally important role in...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: AMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
DOI: 10.1579/0044-7447(2006)35[153:TAIAES]2.0.CO;2


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