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Look Inside The Global Cryosphere

The Global Cryosphere
Past, Present and Future

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  • Date Published: September 2011
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521156851

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  • This is the first textbook to address all the components of the Earth's cryosphere – all forms of snow and ice, both terrestrial and marine. It provides a concise but comprehensive summary of snow cover, glaciers, ice sheets, lake and river ice, permafrost, sea ice and icebergs – their past history and projected future state. It is designed for courses at upper undergraduate and graduate level in environmental science, geography, geology, glaciology, hydrology, water resource engineering and ocean sciences. It also provides a superb up-to-date summary for researchers of the cryosphere. The book includes an extensive bibliography, numerous figures and color plates, thematic boxes on selected topics and a glossary. The book builds on courses taught by the authors for many decades at the University of Colorado and the University of Alberta. Whilst there are many existing texts on individual components of the cryosphere, no other textbook covers the whole cryosphere.

    • Whilst there are many existing texts on individual components of the cryosphere, no other textbook provides an account of the whole cryosphere
    • Developed from courses taught by the authors for many decades, providing extensively class-tested material
    • Includes an extensive bibliography, numerous figures and color plates, a glossary and thematic boxes on selected topics to broaden the scope
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Barry and Gan, with their encyclopedic knowledge and extensive teaching experience have produced an extraordinary text that covers virtually all aspects of Earth’s fragile cryosphere. ... it will be highly valued by climatologists, cryospheric scientists, and students engaging in learning about this important component of our changing planet." Anne Nolin Oregon State University

    " ... the first comprehensive account of the cryosphere. ... The breadth and depth of coverage and the outstanding scholarship that has typified Barry's life-long dedication here unfolds as [a] masterpiece. It will long remain the ultimate reference and teaching source." Jack D. Ives, University of California, Davis and Carleton University, Ottawa

    " indispensable reference work on the topic of snow and ice ... a truly enlightening work!" Ludwig Braun, Commission for Geodesy and Glaciology, Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities

    "... the most comprehensive presentation of major aspects of the cryosphere ... No other single book has so successfully integrated the terrestrial cryosphere … and the marine cryosphere ... in such an attractively readable manner. ... As an excellent introductory text book for all forms of the cryosphere it is well suited for advanced undergraduates and junior graduate students." Atsumu Ohmura, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

    "... an excellent synoptic perspective of the Earth's cold regions ... an outstanding introduction to those new to the field. The text should serve as a key reference for upper-level undergraduate instruction and ancillary summary material for graduate-level courses." Derrick J Lampkin, Pennsylvania State University

    "This book is obviously a unique and valuable reference source for researchers and others wishing to have quick access to the entire field of cryospheric sciences...It is clear that the real strength of the book is its encyclopedic coverage of the cryosphere and the changes that it has undergone and is undergoing. In terms of cost per bit of information, it must be a bargain." - W.D. Harrison, Journal of Glaciology, April 2012

    "By providing this textbook, Roger Barry and Thian Yew Gan have given us exactly what we need, a basis for offering an undergraduate course in polar sciences. I hope that many particular specialists in colleges and universities will start using this textbook in new courses in Cryospheric Sciences, as I am. It will go a long way toward achieving the rightful place of the Cryosphere in the full pantheon of Earth Science. The authors are to be commended for a truly significant contribution to the Cryospheric Sciences community." - Stephen F. Ackley, Journal of Arctic Antarctic and Alpine Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521156851
    • length: 498 pages
    • dimensions: 245 x 189 x 23 mm
    • weight: 1.08kg
    • contains: 42 b/w illus. 46 colour illus. 24 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    Part I. The Terrestrial Cryosphere:
    2A. Snow cover
    2B. Avalanches
    3. Glaciers and ice caps
    4. Ice sheets
    5. Seasonally frozen ground and permafrost
    6. Freshwater ice: lakes, rivers and icings
    Part II. The Marine Cryosphere:
    7. Sea ice
    8. Ice shelves and icebergs
    Part III. The Cryosphere Past and Future:
    9. The cryosphere in the past
    10. The future cryosphere – impacts of global warming
    Part IV. Applications:
    11. Applications of snow and ice research

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Arctic and Periglacial Environments
    • Cryosphere
    • Glacial Environments and Processes
    • Glacial and Periglacial Geomorphology
    • Glacial and Pleistocene Geology
    • Ice Age Systems
    • Ice in the Climate System
    • Polar Oceanography
    • Polar Remote Sensing and Geophysics
    • Polar Science
    • Polar and Alpine Environment
    • Principles of Glaciology
    • Sea ice geophysics
    • Snow and Ice Dynamics (distance education course)
    • The Cryosphere
  • Authors

    Roger Barry, National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC/CIRES)

    Thian Yew Gan, University of Alberta

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