Arctic Climate Environ & Geographies of a Changing North Specialization

This specialization starts with an in-depth look at the physical geography of the Arctic and its key climate features, including the ocean's floating sea ice cover, the Greenland Ice Sheet, and patterns of temperature, precipitation, snow cover and permafrost. We will then learn about the remarkable unfolding changes that are transforming the Arctic environment, how they are related to each other, and cascading impacts on terrestrial and marine ecosystems. Attention then turns to the growing economic, strategic, and geopolitical importance of the Arctic in the context of observed environmental changes in the region.


M​astering Arctic geography.

U​nderstanding the pronounced and interconnected changes unfolding in the Arctic.

R​ecognizing intimate connections between the changing Arctic, Northern economies, peoples, and geopolitics.

Appreciate the long history of the Arctic and its peoples

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The Arctic as a System (Coursera)

In this course you will first learn about the Arctic as a geographic region, the peoples the Arctic, and the long history of Arctic settlement and exploration. Attention then turns to key features of the Arctic environment – its climate and weather, features of the ocean, sea ice, lands [...]

The Changing Arctic: Present, Past, & Future (Coursera)

This course takes a detailed look at the remarkable changes unfolding in the Arctic environment, including the shrinking Arctic sea ice cover, shrinking land ice, thawing permafrost and cascading impacts on Arctic ecosystems. After a review of Arctic climates of the past, attention turns to the possible future of [...]

Arctic Change & the Nexus of Governance, Economics & Culture (Coursera)

Apr 15th 2024
Arctic Change & the Nexus of Governance, Economics & Culture (Coursera)
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In this course, you will learn how the changing Arctic environment is tied to the growing economic and strategic importance of the North. After setting the stage through a review of the peoples of the Arctic and how they are dealing with change, Arctic governance, economies national defense, attention [...]