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Mass Balance of the Cryosphere: Observations and Modelling of Contemporary and Future Changes


By: Jonathan L Bamber(Editor), Antony J Payne(Editor), John Houghton(Foreword By)

661 pages, colour & b/w illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Mar 2018 | #243269 | ISBN-13: 9781108457217
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Hardback | Feb 2004 | #142172 | ISBN: 0521808952
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The cryosphere comprises all the frozen water and soil on the surface of the Earth. Mass Balance of the Cryosphere focuses on two key components of this environment: land ice (in the form of ice sheets, caps and glaciers) and sea ice. These components have been identified as important indicators of both short and long term climate change. Early chapters cover the theory behind field-based and satellite observations, and modelling of mass balance, providing a thorough grounding in all the concepts and issues presented later in Mass Balance of the Cryosphere. Later chapters review our current understanding of the present and predicted future mass balance of the cryosphere. This is an important reference for all scientists working in the fields of climate change, environmental sciences and glaciology. It is written by leading authors in the field, and is fully integrated to provide a coherent, cross-referenced and consistent exposition on the subject.

"[...] handsomely produced and makes an original contribution. Good books have the potential to change how we think about science and how we conduct it. By this measure, Bamber and Payne's The Mass Balance of the Cryosphere is very good."
Eos, Transactions, American Geophysical Union

"[...] an excellent compilation."
– Royal Meteorological Society

"I don't think it's too much to say this is a beautiful book. Stunningly presented, with a large number of full-colour images and high quality production [...] the book provides a vast wealth of information regarding the changing cryosphere [...]"
The Holocene

"The book fills a major gap in glaciology and cryospheric science. It should be in the hands of all researchers and graduate students [...]"
Progress in Physical Geography

"The book provides an excellent and detailed reference for scientists interested in the current and likely future mass balance of land and sea ice. The chapters are well written, each chapter is accompanied by its own bibliography and figures are generally reproduced to a high standard."
Geological Magazine


1. Introduction and background Jonathan L. Bamber and Antony J. Payne

Part I. Observational Techniques and Methods
2. In situ measurement techniques: land ice Jon Ove Hagen and Niels Reeh
3. In situ measurement techniques: sea ice Peter Wadhams
4. Remote sensing measurement techniques Jonathan L. Bamber and Ron Kwok

Part II. Modelling Techniques and Methods
5. Modelling land ice surface mass balance Wouter Greuell and Christophe Genthon
6. Modelling land ice dynamics Kees van der Veen and Anthony J. Payne
7. Modelling sea ice dynamics William D. Hibler, III

Part III. The Mass Balance of Sea Ice
8. Sea ice observations Seymour Laxon, Ola Johannessen, Martin Miles, Peter Wadhams and John E. Walsh
9. Sea-ice modelling Gregory M. Flato

Part IV. The Mass Balance of the Ice Sheets
10. Greenland: recent mass-balance observations Robert H. Thomas and the PARCA investigators
11. Greenland: modelling Roderik van der Wal
12. Mass balance of the Antarctic ice sheet: observational aspects Charles Bentley
13. Antarctica: modelling Philippe Huybrechts

Part V. The Mass Balance of Ice Caps and Glaciers
14. Arctic ice caps and glaciers Julian Dowdeswell
15. Glaciers and ice caps: historical background and strategies of worldwide monitoring Wilfried Haeberli
16. Glaciers and the study of climate and sea-level change Mark Dyurgerov and Mark Meier
17. Conclusions, summary and outlook Jonathan L. Bamber and Antony J. Payne

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- Jonathan L. Bamber
- Antony J. Payne
- Jon Ove Hagen
- Niels Reeh
- Peter Wadhams
- Ron Kwok
- Wouter Greuell
- Christophe Genthon
- Kees van der Veen
- William D. Hibler, III
- Seymour Laxon
- Ola Johannessen
- Martin Miles
- John E. Walsh
- Gregory M. Flato
- Robert H. Thomas
- Roderik van der Wal
- Charles Bentley
- Philippe Huybrechts
- Julian Dowdeswell
- Wilfried Haeberli
- Mark Dyurgerov
- Mark Meier

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