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The Cryosphere

Series: Princeton Primers in Climate

By: Shawn J Marshall

312 pages, 34 line illus. 8 tables.

Princeton University Press

Paperback | Oct 2011 | #192455 | ISBN-13: 9780691145266
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Hardback | Nov 2011 | #192454 | ISBN-13: 9780691145259
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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.


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

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

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