Polar Science

2020 was a massive year by any scale. We have gathered highlights here so you can easily find the research that will drive your next discovery. We present articles, chapters, highly cited journals and new books reflecting the year in Polar Science. You can browse this page, or dive more deeply into our individual imprints.

A selection of 2020's highlighted research

Insights from the Editorial Team

Margaret Deignan, Senior Editor, Applied Sciences, Books

Margaret Deignan

2020 has been an extraordinary year - extremely difficult and challenging on a global scale.  The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a great deal of uncertainty and heartbreak.  As the workplaces closed, I was fortunate enough to be able to work from home, and turned the spare room into my ‘home’ office. Travel restrictions meant new ways of connecting at online conferences, coffee mornings, and Zoom calls to catch-up with authors and editors.

New and innovative book projects continue to be developed,  POLAR NIGHT Marine Ecology presents ground-breaking new research into marine life at high latitudes during the dark Polar Night.  I am excited to see the publication of Germans in the Antarctic. Translated from the original German text, the book presents the course of the three German Antarctic expeditions with their dramatic twists and turns, it provides insights into everyday life under extreme conditions. The Governance of Arctic Shipping which promotes safe navigation and environment protection, as well as assessing climate change impacts in the Arctic Region, was published as an Open Access volume.

I am looking forward to a new year and continuing to support our scientific communities – in what I hope will be a healthy and safer environment.