28 May, 2007

This book is a large drawing together of information on the status of Antarctic terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems, their responses to change and their value as an indicator for future change. It is the culmination of a huge body of work, with contributors from several different National Programmes and University groups, developed under the umbrella of the SCAR Regional Sensitivity to Climate Change in Antarctica programme.

Its strengths lie both in the range and integration of disciplines covered (from biogeography and ecology, through physiology, to molecular biology, evolutionary history, environmental change and conservation), and in its deliberately large geographical coverage (from the wider sub-Antarctic islands to the inland depths of the continent). The book is well set in a context of change and global consequence, thereby presenting a major widescale statement and review of the current position.