Answered By: David Gray
Last Updated: Jan 09, 2015     Views: 13


You ask an excellent question and one that is currently being explored by scientists. There are several resources listed below that should help you answer the question.

Both the Arctic and Antarctic regions have seen the breakaway of some massive ice shelves

The National Snow & Ice Data Center has a lot of good information about and comparing/contrasting the changing conditions in the two regions.

Windows to the Universe has some great information about Warming of the Polar Regions.

GRID-Arendal (a Norwegian research center) in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have put together a report specifically discussing the Polar Regions and the effects of climate change.

This thesis by AnnaLisa Deloy at Central Connecticut State University is a  statistical comparison between the Arctic and Antarctic Regions with regard to Global Warming. 

A recent report from the University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute and the Spanish National Research Council looks at the differences in the ecological effects of global warming between the two regions and is discussed here and here.

I hope those resources help address your question. If you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me (Greg MacDonald) at

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