Antarctic climate change security
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Climate change is an enormous issue that affects many facets of human civilisation. Antarctica is a continent that is at threat of significant change in a warming climate. The Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) is a unique set of agreements that govern the Antarctic. In the absence of sovereignty it becomes difficult to take leadership over common resources leaving them vulnerable to exploitation. Human settlement is an eventual consequence of a warmer climate and species invasion and biodiversity modifications are results of a shift in the ecological borders. These factors among others place pressures on the ATS and ultimately strain the security status quo of the region. Security can only remain if the ATS adequately deals with the impacts of climate change and as a global community those challenges are mitigated through a broader response to the security risks of climate change.