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The Cryosphere (Princeton Primers in Climate)

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Publisher Comments:

The cryosphere encompasses the Earth's snow and ice masses. It is a critical part of our planet's climate system, one that is especially at risk from climate change and global warming. The Cryosphere provides an essential introduction to the subject, written by one of the world's leading experts in Earth-system science.

In this primer, glaciologist Shawn Marshall introduces readers to the cryosphere and the broader role it plays in our global climate system. After giving a concise overview, he fully explains each component of the cryosphere and how it works--seasonal snow, permafrost, river and lake ice, sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets, and ice shelves. Marshall describes how snow and ice interact with our atmosphere and oceans and how they influence climate, sea level, and ocean circulation. He looks at the cryosphere's role in past ice ages and considers the changing cryosphere's future impact on our landscape, oceans, and climate.

Accessible and authoritative, this primer also features a glossary of key terms, suggestions for further reading, explanations of equations, and a discussion of open research questions in the field.

Synopsis:

"Distinguished glaciologist Shawn Marshall leads a lucid tour through the essentials of ice in the environment, with more than enough information to satisfy the casual student, and additional pointers to steer the serious scientist."--Richard Alley, Pennsylvania State University

"Marshall presents a comprehensive, accessible, and authoritative treatment of the cryosphere, and makes excellent use of field and model examples to illustrate key points. New metaphors and descriptions are offered for familiar topics that bring with them new insight and utility. I enjoyed reading this book."--Robert Bindschadler, emeritus scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

This is one of the best, most up-to-date books about the state of the cryosphere and an excellent read."--Eric Rignot, University of California, Irvine

Synopsis:

The cryosphere encompasses the Earth's snow and ice masses. It is a critical part of our planet's climate system, one that is especially at risk from climate change and global warming. The Cryosphere provides an essential introduction to the subject, written by one of the world's leading experts in Earth-system science.

In this primer, glaciologist Shawn Marshall introduces readers to the cryosphere and the broader role it plays in our global climate system. After giving a concise overview, he fully explains each component of the cryosphere and how it works--seasonal snow, permafrost, river and lake ice, sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets, and ice shelves. Marshall describes how snow and ice interact with our atmosphere and oceans and how they influence climate, sea level, and ocean circulation. He looks at the cryosphere's role in past ice ages and considers the changing cryosphere's future impact on our landscape, oceans, and climate.

Accessible and authoritative, this primer also features a glossary of key terms, suggestions for further reading, explanations of equations, and a discussion of open research questions in the field.

About the Author

Shawn J. Marshall is the Canada Research Chair in Climate Change at the University of Calgary.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Cryosphere 1

Chapter 2 Material Properties of Snow and Ice 11

Chapter 3 Snow and Ice Thermodynamics 36

Chapter 4 Seasonal Snow and Freshwater Ice 65

Chapter 5 Sea Ice 104

Chapter 6 Glaciers and Ice Sheets 127

Chapter 7 Permafrost 165

Chapter 8 Cryosphere-Climate Processes 180

Chapter 9 The Cryosphere and Climate Change 201

Chapter Glossary 241

Notes 249

Annotated Bibliography 251

Index 285

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691145259
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
Meteorology
Author:
Marshall, Shawn J.
Subject:
Earth Sciences
Subject:
Environmental Studies-Environment
Subject:
Physics-Meteorology
Series:
Princeton Primers in Climate
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
34 line illus. 8 tables.
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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Product details 304 pages Princeton University Press - English 9780691145259 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Distinguished glaciologist Shawn Marshall leads a lucid tour through the essentials of ice in the environment, with more than enough information to satisfy the casual student, and additional pointers to steer the serious scientist."--Richard Alley, Pennsylvania State University

"Marshall presents a comprehensive, accessible, and authoritative treatment of the cryosphere, and makes excellent use of field and model examples to illustrate key points. New metaphors and descriptions are offered for familiar topics that bring with them new insight and utility. I enjoyed reading this book."--Robert Bindschadler, emeritus scientist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

This is one of the best, most up-to-date books about the state of the cryosphere and an excellent read."--Eric Rignot, University of California, Irvine

"Synopsis" by , The cryosphere encompasses the Earth's snow and ice masses. It is a critical part of our planet's climate system, one that is especially at risk from climate change and global warming. The Cryosphere provides an essential introduction to the subject, written by one of the world's leading experts in Earth-system science.

In this primer, glaciologist Shawn Marshall introduces readers to the cryosphere and the broader role it plays in our global climate system. After giving a concise overview, he fully explains each component of the cryosphere and how it works--seasonal snow, permafrost, river and lake ice, sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets, and ice shelves. Marshall describes how snow and ice interact with our atmosphere and oceans and how they influence climate, sea level, and ocean circulation. He looks at the cryosphere's role in past ice ages and considers the changing cryosphere's future impact on our landscape, oceans, and climate.

Accessible and authoritative, this primer also features a glossary of key terms, suggestions for further reading, explanations of equations, and a discussion of open research questions in the field.

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