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The Cryosphere and Global Environmental Change

The Cryosphere and Global Environmental Change

Olav Slaymaker, Richard Kelly

ISBN: 978-1-405-12976-3

Jan 2007, Wiley-Blackwell

280 pages

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$98.95

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This is the first textbook to consider all aspects of the cryosphere system in the context of global environmental change driven by human activity and climate.

  • Considers all six aspects of the cryosphere – ice sheets, glacier ice, permafrost, river and lake ice, sea ice and snow – in the context of global environmental change driven by human activity and climate.
  • Describes a new concept of cryosphere transience and landscape transition which links climate, hydrology, ecology and geomorphology.
  • Looks at the evidence, process, and patterns of cryosphere change, on local and global scales.
  • Provides a wealth of data to inform the current global environmental change debate.

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Preface.

1. The Evidence for Cryospheric Change.

2. The Monitoring of Cryospheric Change.

3. Processes of Cryospheric Change.

4. Patterns of the Contemporary Cryosphere at Local to Global Scales.

5. The Evidence for Past Cryospheric Changes.

6. The Transience of the Cryosphere and Transitional Landscapes.

7. Cryospheric Change and Vulnerability at Quaternary, Holocene, and Anthropocene Timescales.

References.

Index

"An interesting book with some new and fresh perspectives from which to view cryospheric change. There are seven well-illustrated chapters in total.... The book is very well written, well illustrated and contains a valuable synthesis of cryospheric change in some of the dominant regions of the global cryosphere." (Area, March 2009)

“The major concepts, illustrated, are clear and accessible even for the non-specialist…the coverage and synthesis work well and are quite informative.”(Choice)


  • Considers all six aspects of the cryosphere – ice sheets, glacier ice, permafrost, river and lake ice, sea ice and snow – in the context of global environmental change driven by human activity and climate.
  • Describes a new concept of cryosphere transience and landscape transition which links climate, hydrology, ecology and geomorphology.
  • Looks at the evidence, process, and patterns of cryosphere change, on local and global scales.
  • Provides a wealth of data to inform the current global environmental change debate.