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.
Dr. John (Jack) F. Shroder received his bachelor’s degree in geology from Union College in 1961; his masters in geology from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 1963, and his Ph.D. in geology at the University of Utah in 1967. He has been actively pursuing research on landforms and natural resources in the high mountain environments of the Rocky Mountains, the Afghanistan Hindu Kush, and the Karakoram Himalaya of Pakistan for over a half century. His teaching specialties have been primarily geomorphology, but also physical and historical geology and several other courses at the University of Nebraska at Omaha where he was the founding professor of the Geology major. While there he was instrumental in founding the Center for Afghanistan Studies in 1972, and he was the lead geologist for the Bethsaida Archaeological Project in Israel in the 1990s. He taught geology as an NSF-, USAID, and Fulbright-sponsored professor at Kabul University in 1977-78, as well as a Fulbright award to Peshawar University in 1983-84. He has some 63 written or edited books to his credit and more than 200 professional papers, with emphases on landslides, glaciers, flooding, and mineral resources in Afghanistan. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has received Distinguished Career awards from both the Mountain and the Geomorphology Specialty Groups of the Association of American Geographers. In the recent decade as an Emeritus Professor, he served as a Trustee of the Geological Society of America Foundation where he set up a research scholarship, the Shroder Mass Movement award for masters and doctoral candidates. For the past two decades, he has been the Editor-in-Chief for the Developments in Earth Surface Processes book series of Elsevier Publishing, as well as the 10-volumes of the Treatise on Geomorphology, and the Hazards, Risks, and Disasters book series, both in second editions. Recently, Dr. Shroder was ranked among the top 2 percent of researchers worldwide by the October study conducted by Stanford University.

Affiliations and Expertise

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