The Physics of Glaciers
- Kurt Cuffey, Dept of Earth & Planetary Science/Dept of Geography, University of California, Berkeley, USA
- W. S. B. Paterson, Emeritus, University of Copenhagen, Australian Antarctic Division, and Canadian Polar Continental Shelf Project
The Physics of Glaciers, Fourth Edition, discusses the physical principles that underlie the behavior and characteristics of glaciers. The term glacier refers to all bodies of ice created by the accumulation of snowfall, e.g., mountain glaciers, ice caps, continental ice sheets, and ice shelves. Glaciology-the study of all forms of ice-is an interdisciplinary field encompassing physics, geology, atmospheric science, mathematics, and others. This book covers various aspects of glacier studies, including the transformation of snow to ice, grain-scale structures and ice deformation, mass exchange processes, glacial hydrology, glacier flow, and the impact of climate change. The present edition features two new chapters: âIce Sheets and the Earth Systemâ and âIce, Sea Level, and Contemporary Climate Change.â The chapter on ice core studies has been updated from the previous version with new material. The materials on the flow of mountain glaciers, ice sheets, ice streams, and ice shelves have been combined into a single chapter entitled âThe Flow of Ice Masses.â
Graduate students and academic and professional researchers in the fields of glaciology, climatology, geophysics and geology.