Dynamics of Snow and Ice Masses - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780121794507, 9780323148894

Dynamics of Snow and Ice Masses

1st Edition

Editors: Samuel C. Colbeck
eBook ISBN: 9780323148894
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 17th June 1970
Page Count: 478
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Dynamics of Snow and Ice Masses gives an outline of snow and ice studies with an emphasis on essential properties and processes. The monograph also treats the dynamical aspects of snow and ice masses.

The text covers topics such as the flow and temperature of ice sheets and shelves, the numerical modeling of ice-sheet changes; the structure of glaciers, the experimental creep behavior of ice, flow law of glacier ice, and advance and retreat of glaciers. Also covered are topics such as sea ice - the physics of its growth, drift, and decay; iceberg deterioration, sources, drift, and drift patterns; and freshwater ice growth, motion, and decay.

The book is recommended as a textbook for graduate-level students of snow and ice studies and as reference for climatologists.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors


1 Ice Sheets and Ice Shelves

I. Introduction

II. Theoretical Background

III. Flow of Ice Sheets

IV. Numerical Modeling of Ice-Sheet Changes

V. Flow of Ice Shelves

VI. Temperatures in Ice Sheets and Ice Shelves

VII. Instabilities in Ice Sheets


2 Temperate Valley Glaciers

I. Introduction

II. General Description of Processes

III. Structure of a Glacier

IV. Notation and Basic Equations

V. Experimental Creep Behavior of Ice

VI. Variation of Velocity and Stress with Depth

VII. Variation of Velocity and Stress in a Cross Section

VIII. Longitudinal Variation of Velocity and Stress

IX. Flow Law of Glacier Ice Inferred from Deformation Measurements

X. Sliding Behavior of Glaciers

XI. Mathematical Theory of Sliding

XII. Advance and Retreat of Glaciers


3 Sea Ice Growth, Drift, and Decay

I. Introduction

II. General Characteristics of Sea Ice

III. Physics of Sea Ice Growth, Drift, and Decay

IV. Numerical Simulation of Sea Ice Growth, Drift, and Decay

V. Concluding Remarks


4 Iceberg Drift and Deterioration

I. Introduction

II. Icebergs and Their Sources

III. Global Drift Patterns

IV. Local Iceberg Drift

V. Deterioration

VI. Future Trends in Research


5 Freshwater Ice Growth, Motion, and Decay

I. Introduction

II. River Ice

III. Lake Ice

IV. Artificial Effects on River Ice

V. Artificial Effects on Lake Ice


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Samuel C. Colbeck

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