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Polar Lakes and RiversLimnology of Arctic and Antarctic Aquatic Ecosystems$
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Warwick F. Vincent and Johanna Laybourn-Parry

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213887

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213887.001.0001

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Future directions in polar limnology

Future directions in polar limnology

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(p.307) CHAPTER 17 Future directions in polar limnology
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Polar Lakes and Rivers
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Johanna Laybourn-Parry

Warwick F. Vincent

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213887.003.0017

This concluding chapter identifies some of the emerging concepts and technologies that will drive future advances in polar limnology. These include the increased awareness of climate and related impacts in the polar regions, and the importance of high latitude lakes and rivers as sentinels of global change; the increased availability of wireless network technology to obtain high temporal resolution data sets from these remote sites; the emergence of new sensor technologies and underwater platforms, including robotic systems that may be used in the future to explore subglacial lakes and other polar waters; and the development of surface imagery approaches ranging from local-scale observations by unmanned aerial vehicles to circumpolar-scale measurements by satellite, for example by synthetic aperture radar. The chapter also examines the new opportunities provided by environmental genomics, including application towards bioprospecting for novel extremophiles and biomolecules of pharmaceutical and industrial interest.

Keywords:   climate change, remote sensing, wireless networks, surface imagery, bioprospecting, environmental genomics, new technologies, monitoring

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