Potential climate change impacts on the ecology of lakes in two contrasting Antarctic regions
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Climate change is a topic prevalent throughout literature in a range of disciplines, particularly those relating to Antarctica because of the amplified impact climate change is predicted to have on the continent. The present study aims to assess the potential ecological impacts on a range on Antarctic lakes in the context of climate change progression by the year 2100. Rate of temperature increase is predicted for two contrasting Antarctic regions; maritime (Signy Island) and continental (Vestfold Hills). These predicted climate changes are translated into local changes relating to the study lakes including, but not limited to, changes to catchment area, lake depth and salinity. The impacts such changes will have on the ecology of each lake is discussed. This study adds to a wealth of multidisciplinary literature that aims to demonstrate the potential effects of climate change in the hope that knowledge and understanding will bring about important societal changes needed to reduce human impact on the environment.