On 24 March 2020, the first Opinion Editorial (Op-Ed) paper of this year was published online (http://www.aps-polar.org/paper/2020/31/02/A200324000002), the author is Dr. Outi Meinander from Finnish Meteorological Institute.
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As this Op-Ed described, Arctic environmental change research and Antarctic studies have mutual benefits for increasing understanding of climate and environmental change in the polar regions. Two examples of bipolar environmental research questions with mutual benefit are presented here. First, climate change and climatically significant cryospheric changes are introduced, and then the roles of albedo feedback mechanism and light absorbing impurities are discussed. Second, the challenge of polar stratospheric ozone depletion is discussed in connection with the increase in the harmful ultraviolet solar irradiance reaching the Earth.
Citation: Meinander O. Arctic environmental change research and Antarctic studies have mutual benefits. Adv Polar Sci, 2020, 31 (2): 89-91, doi: 10.13679/j.advps.2020.0003