Snow and Ice-Related Hazards, Risks, and Disasters

Snow and Ice-Related Hazards, Risks, and Disasters

2nd Edition - February 12, 2021

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  • Editor-in-Chief: J.F. Shroder Jr.
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128171301
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128171295

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Snow and Ice-Related Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Second Edition, provides you with the latest scientific developments in sea level rise, permafrost degradation, rock/ice avalanches, glacier surges, glacial lake outburst floods, ice shelf collapses, climate change implications, causality, impacts, preparedness and mitigation. The book takes a geo-scientific approach to the topic while also covering current thinking about directly related social scientific issues that can affect ecosystems and global economies. Special emphasis is placed on the rapidly progressing effects from global warming on the cryosphere, perspectives for the future and latest scientific advances, and technological developments.

Key Features

  • Presents the latest research on causality, glacial surges, ice-shelf collapses, sea level rise, climate change implications, and more
  • Contains numerous tables, maps, diagrams, illustrations and photographs of hazardous processes
  • Features new insights on the implications of climate change, including increased melting, collapsing, flooding, methane emissions, and sea level rise


Geoscientists, including glaciologists, oceanographers, climatologists, environmental scientists, geologists, geophysicists geomorphologists, atmospheric scientists, and seismologists

Table of Contents

  • 1. Snow and Ice-Related Hazards, Risks, and Disasters: A General Framework
    2. Physical, Thermal, and Mechanical Properties of Snow, Ice, and Permafrost
    3. Snow and Ice in the Climate System
    4. Snow and Ice in the Hydrosphere
    5. Snow, Ice, and the Biosphere
    6. Ice and Snow as Land-Forming Agents
    7. Mountains, Lowlands, and Coasts: the Physiography of Cold Landscapes
    8. Integrated Approaches to Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction in Dynamic Socio-cryospheric Systems
    9. Integrative Risk Management: The Example of Snow Avalanches
    10. Permafrost Degradation
    11. Radioactive Waste Under Conditions of Future Ice Ages
    12. Snow Avalanches
    13. Glacier Surges
    14. Glacier-Related Outburst Floods
    15. Ice Loss and Slope Stability in High-Mountain Regions
    16. Catastrophic Mass Flows in the Mountain Glacial Environment
    17. Hazards at Ice-Clad Volcanoes: Phenomena, Processes, and Examples From Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, and Chile
    18. Floating Ice and Ice Pressure Challenge to Ships
    19. Retreat Instability of Tidewater Glaciers and Marine Ice Sheets
    20. Ice Sheets, Glaciers, and Sea Level

Product details

  • No. of pages: 784
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: February 12, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128171301
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128171295

About the Editor in Chief

J.F. Shroder Jr.

J.F. Shroder Jr.
Ramesh Sivanpillai, Senior Research Scientist, Dept of Botany, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USA Ramesh Sivanpillai is a Remote Sensing Scientist at the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center (WyGISC) at the University of Wyoming. His research interests include digital processing of satellite and aerial images, data fusion, image enhancement and classification.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Scientist, Department of Geography and Geology, University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, USA

About the Editors

Wilfried Haeberli

Wilfried Haeberli is professor emeritus at the Geography Department, University of Zurich, Switzerland. His research focuses on high mountains, impacts from climate change, glacier and permafrost monitoring, natural hazards and ice-age paleoglaciology. He obtained his PhD in Geography at the University of Basel (1974) and his habilitation in glaciology and geomorphology at ETH Zurich (1985). From 1989 to 1995 he led the Glaciology Section at the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology of ETH Zurich, from 1995 to 2013 he was full professor of Physical Geography at the University of Zurich, from 1986 to 2010 he was the first director of the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) of IACS/ICSU, UNEP, UNESCO and WMO and from1998 – 2003 he served as a vice president of the International Permafrost Association (IPA). As a member of the Terrestrial Observation Panel for Climate (TOP-C) from 1996 to 2009 he was responsible for the integration of cryosphere components as Essential Climate Variables into the terrestrial part (Global Terrestrial Observing System; GTOS) of the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). He has been actively involved in various functions with the second to the fifth IPCC assessments and works as an expert and consultant concerning high-mountain hazards and climate-change impacts in various countries of South America, Asia and Europe

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geography, University of Zurich - Irchel

Colin Whiteman

Colin Whiteman was Principal Lecturer in Physical Geography in the School of Environment and Technology at the University of Brighton. He obtained his PhD in Pleistocene Stratigraphy at the University of London (1990). As Course Leader for the BSc. Physical Geography degree at Brighton, he taught a range of associated subjects, introducing the first course on climate change and, in particular, one on Cold Region Hazards. The latter topic was subsequently developed into a student text book, “Cold Regions Hazards and Risks”. He has led student studies in Norway and Iceland and carried out published geomorphological and stratigraphical research in these countries and in Arctic Canada

Affiliations and Expertise

School of Environment and Technology, Brighton University, UK

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