You are invited to sharpen your knowledge of the Arctic in this online science specialization. You will take a deeper look into the physical geography of the Arctic and its key climate features, including the ocean’s floating sea ice cover. You will examine some of the changes taking place in the Arctic, such as shrinking land ice, thawing permafrost, and more. Finally, you will uncover how the changing Arctic climate is tied to the growing economic and strategic importance of the North, including marine use of the Arctic, oil and gas exploration, mining, fisheries, tourism, and the impact of the changing Arctic on the peoples of the North.

By completing this specialization, you will be able to:

  • M​aster Arctic geography
  • U​nderstand the pronounced and interconnected changes unfolding in the Arctic
  • R​ecognize intimate connections between the changing Arctic, Northern economies, peoples, and geopolitics
  • Appreciate the long history of the Arctic and its peoples


  • The Arctic as a System
  • The Changing Arctic: Present, Past & Future
  • Arctic Change & the Nexus of Governance, Economics & Culture

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