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Dossier 1: Géotourisme

Geotourism and Climate Change

Paradoxes and Promises of Geotourism in Polar Regions
C. Michael HALL and Jarkko SAARINEN
p. 77-86


Geotourism has achieved considerable prominence since the early 1990s as a means of conserving geological and geomorphological heritage. However, most accounts of the effects of geotourism are at a site-specific level while interpretation tends to focus on deep geological time rather than the Anthropocene. This restriction in consideration of time and space has meant that the broader effects of geotourism-related travel throughout the tourism system have been ignored, along with the potential role of climate change in affecting geosites and attractions. These issues are discussed with respect to the paradoxes of geotourism in polar regions with the polar cryospheric environment being both threatened by climate change yet simultaneously becoming more accessible and attractive to tourists. The article concludes that, like any form of tourism, geotourism needs to be understood within the broader context of tourism and physical systems rather than in isolation in order to fully access its contribution to geoconservation.

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Bibliographical reference

C. Michael HALL and Jarkko SAARINEN, « Geotourism and Climate Change », Téoros, 29-2 | 2010, 77-86.

Electronic reference

C. Michael HALL and Jarkko SAARINEN, « Geotourism and Climate Change », Téoros [Online], 29-2 | 2010, Online since 01 December 2012, connection on 21 June 2021. URL :

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About the authors

C. Michael HALL

Professor, University of Canterbury (New Zealand)
Docent, University of Oulu (Finland)

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Professor, University of Oulu (Finland)

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