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Main Title The whale and the supercomputer : on the northern front of climate change /
Author Wohlforth, Charles P.
Publisher North Point Press,
Year Published 2004
OCLC Number 52979200
ISBN 0865476594 (hardcover : alk. paper); 9780865476592 (hardcover : alk. paper)
Subjects Inupiat--Fishing ; Inupiat--Social conditions ; Whaling--Arctic regions ; Indigenous peoples--Ecology--Arctic regions ; Human beings--Effect of climate on--Arctic regions ; Arctic regions--Climate--Mathematical models ; Climatic changes--Arctic regions--Research ; Global temperature changes--Arctic regions--Research ; Sea ice--Arctic regions--Research ; Albedo ; Arctic regions--Environmental conditions ; Klimaatveranderingen ; Gevolgen ; Eskimo's
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EOAM  E99.E7W747 2004 Region 8 Technical Library/Denver,CO 02/07/2011
Edition 1st ed.
Collation xiv, 322 p. ; 24 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Notes
The whale -- The Iänupiat -- The snow -- The lab -- The ice -- The supercomputer -- The signs -- The camps -- The spirit -- The challenge. A traditional Eskimo whaling party races for shore while their comrades drift out to sea: ice that should be solidly anchored at this time of year is giving way. A team of scientists traverses the breadth of Alaska, measuring the thinning snow in an effort to understand albedo, the snow's reflective ability to cool the earth beneath it. Climate change isn't an abstraction in the Far North--it is a reality that has already altered daily life for Native people who still live largely off the land and sea, and lured scientists seeking to uncover its mysteries. Wohlforth follows both groups as they navigate a radically shifting landscape. The two cultures see the same changes, but they struggle to reconcile their different ways of comprehending what these changes mean.