Mountain Ice and Water

Mountain Ice and Water

Investigations of the Hydrologic Cycle in Alpine Environments

1st Edition - November 18, 2016

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  • Authors: John Shroder, Gregory Greenwood
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444637871
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444637888

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Mountain Ice and Water: Investigations of the Hydrologic Cycle in Alpine Environments is a new volume of papers reviewed and edited by John Shroder, Emeritus Professor of Geography and Geology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA, and Greg Greenwood, Director of the Mountain Research Initiative from Bern, Switzerland. Chapters in this book were derived from research papers that were delivered at the Perth III Conference on Mountains of our Future Earth in Scotland in October 2015. The conference was established to help develop the knowledge necessary to respond effectively to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and to support transformations toward global sustainability in the coming decades. To this end, the conference and book have investigated the future situation in mountains from three points of view. (1) Dynamic Planet: Observing, explaining, understanding, and projecting Earth, environmental, and societal system trends, drivers, and processes and their interactions to anticipate global thresholds and risks, (2) Global Sustainable Development: Increasing knowledge for sustainable, secure, and fair stewardship of biodiversity, food, water, health, energy, materials, and other ecosystem services, and (3) Transformations towards Sustainability: Understanding transformation processes and options, assessing how these relate to human values, emerging technologies and social and economic development pathways, and evaluating strategies for governing and managing the global environment across sectors and scales.

Key Features

  • Derived from research papers delivered at the Perth III Conference on Mountains of our Future Earth in Scotland in October 2015
  • Helps develop the knowledge necessary for responding effectively in coming decades to the risks and opportunities of global environmental change and tactics for global sustainability
  • Provides the research community working on global change in mountains with a broader framework established by the Future Earth initiative


Academic researchers, International aid agencies (e.g. UN, World Bank, and NGOs)

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Great Escarpment of South Africa as the Supplier of Water
    Sue Taylor
    2. Recent Glacier Changes in Mountain Regions of Russia 
    Tatiana Khromova, Gennady Nosenko, Anton Muraviev, Stanislav Nikitin, Ludmila Chernova and Natalya Zverkova
    3. Mountain Biogeochemistry: With Emphasis on Pollutant Biogeochemistry in Mountain Environments
    Gaël Le Roux
    4. Public Policy and Governance of Mountain Water: A Synthesis
    Eric Lindquist and Monica Hubbard
    5. Water and Sustainability in the Lake Mývatn Region of Iceland:  An Historical Perspective
    Astrid Ogilvie, Ragnhildur Sigurðardóttir, Árni Daníel Júlíusson, Viðar Hreinsson and Megan T. Hicks
    6. Precipitation and Conifer Response in Semi-Arid Mountains: a case from the 2012-2015 drought in the Great Basin, USA
    Scotty Strachan
    7. Impact of Hydropower on Mountain Communities in Tista Basin of Eastern Himalaya, India
    Govinda Choudhury
    8. Downstream Impacts of Changes in Water Flows in Eastern Himalaya
    Reinmar Seidler
    9. Tropical Mountains and the Water Trilemma: How Environmental Services can be a Trifecta of Sustainable Mountain Development
    Fausto O. Sarmiento
    10. Monitoring Strategies and Techniques of Mountain Glaciers and Permafrost, Hydrology of Glacier Covered Catchments, or Winter Tourism
    Andrea Fischer
    11. Mummies in the Ice:  High Mountain Geoarchaeology
    Constanza Ceruti

Product details

  • No. of pages: 402
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2016
  • Published: November 18, 2016
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780444637871
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444637888

About the Authors

John Shroder

Jack Shroder is an Editor-in-Chief at Elsevier, and has extensive experience with publishing peer-reviewed journal articles and books on numerous topics related to geomorphology and Afghanistan, among many other specialties. He is the author of over 200 scientific papers and books on geoscientific topics characteristic of high mountain environments, especially landslides, glaciers, and floods.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Scholar, Center for Afghanistan Studies, Emeritus Professor of Geography and Geology, University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA

Gregory Greenwood

Since 2004, Dr. Greenwood has been Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), an international project office funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation and focused on global change research in mountains worldwide. Prior to MRI, he served as Science Advisor to the Resources Secretary of California and Climate and Bioenergy Advisor for the California Department of Forestry. He has a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis, an M.S. in Range Science from Colorado State University and a B.A. in Geography from Middlebury College. He counts his time at the State of California as his post-doc in political reality. He is familiar with the Northern Appalachians, the Colorado Rockies, the Sierra Nevada and Cascades, the Swiss Alps, the Highlands of Western Cameroon, and selected portions of Tibet, the Karakorum and the Himalaya.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Mountain Research Initiative, Institute of Geography, University of Bern, Switzerland

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