Science and Environmental Management in the Mcmurdo Dry Valleys, Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica

  1. John C. Priscu
  1. Colin M. Harris

Published Online: 16 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1029/AR072p0337

Ecosystem Dynamics in a Polar Desert: the Mcmurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica

Ecosystem Dynamics in a Polar Desert: the Mcmurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica

How to Cite

Harris, C. M. (1998) Science and Environmental Management in the Mcmurdo Dry Valleys, Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica, in Ecosystem Dynamics in a Polar Desert: the Mcmurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica (ed J. C. Priscu), American Geophysical Union, Washington, D. C.. doi: 10.1029/AR072p0337

Author Information

  1. International Centre for Antarctic Information and Research,

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 1998

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780875908991

Online ISBN: 9781118668313

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Keywords:

  • Desert ecology—Antarctica—McMurdo Dry Valleys

Summary

Scientific research is the principal human activity in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Concerns have been expressed recently that with an increasing level of activity, and the advent of tourism into the region, there is a need for more formal approaches to environmental management. A recent United States National Science Foundation (NSF) workshop called for developing a management plan, utilizing zoning to manage human uses, and for developing a Geographical Information System (GIS) to archive and make accessible an up-to-date record of environmental data for the area. The support of the science community for these proposals is critical to sustain the long-term scientific and environmental values of the region.