Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers - Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series (Hardback)
  • Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers - Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series (Hardback)
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Encyclopedia of Snow, Ice and Glaciers - Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series (Hardback)

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The earth's cryosphere, which includes snow, glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets, ice shelves, sea ice, river and lake ice, and permafrost, contains about 75% of the earth's fresh water. It exists at almost all latitudes, from the tropics to the poles, and plays a vital role in controlling the global climate system. It also provides direct visible evidence of the effect of climate change, and, therefore, requires proper understanding of its complex dynamics.

This encyclopedia mainly focuses on the various aspects of snow, ice and glaciers, but also covers other cryospheric branches, and provides up-to-date information and basic concepts on relevant topics. It includes alphabetically arranged and professionally written, comprehensive and authoritative academic articles by well-known international experts in individual fields. The encyclopedia contains a broad spectrum of topics, ranging from the atmospheric processes responsible for snow formation; transformation of snow to ice and changes in their properties; classification of ice and glaciers and their worldwide distribution; glaciation and ice ages; glacier dynamics; glacier surface and subsurface characteristics; geomorphic processes and landscape formation; hydrology and sedimentary systems; permafrost degradation; hazards caused by cryospheric changes; and trends of glacier retreat on the global scale along with the impact of climate change.

This book can serve as a source of reference at the undergraduate and graduate level and help to better understand snow, ice and glaciers. It will also be an indispensable tool containing specialized literature for geologists, geographers, climatologists, hydrologists, and water resources engineers; as well as for those who are engaged in the practice of agricultural and civil engineering, earth sciences, environmental sciences and engineering, ecosystem management, and other relevant subjects.

Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 9789048126415
Number of pages: 1253
Weight: 3583 g
Dimensions: 279 x 210 x 58 mm
Edition: 2011


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Weighing in at 1300 Letter-size pages of double-columned small print, and peppered every two or three pages with graphs, diagrams and photographs, often in colour, the encyclopedia is crammed with information and attractively packaged. ... the three editors, supported by a seven-strong editorial board of leading glaciologists, have done an impressive job of persuading a broad range of international experts to contribute entries to the volume.
(Robert Bingham, University of Aberdeen, Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 57, No. 206, 2011, pp. 1171-1172)

"Present the current state of scientific understanding of various aspects of earth's cryosphere --snow, glaciers, ice caps, ice sheets, ice shelves, sea ice, river and lake ice, and permafrost -- and their related interdisciplinary connections under one umbrella. ... the book is impressive ... . a reference for all levels of undergraduates and graduates, as well as for geologists, geographers, climatologists, hydrologists, and many other relevant users. ... Libraries, scholars and researchers of the subjects will certainly value the book in their reference collections." (John Splettstoesser, The Polar Times, January 2012)

"The main articles include a number of regional surveys which range from Antarctica to Kilimanjaro. ... There are articles on potential risk factors that are of immediate interest to those dealing with safety and emergency planning. There are detailed topics that will interest the specialist. ... Article on the historical interpretation of glacial remains will interest historical geographers. No doubt there is much that will interest the armchair enthusiast and the mountaineer ... . a worthy addition to the Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences series." (John Goodier, Reference Reviews, Vol. 26 (2), 2012)

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