Ice Sheets

Ice Sheets

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The purpose of this book, in the author's words, is to make "a glaciological contribution toward understanding climate - to show how ice sheets interact with the atmosphere, oceans, and solid earth as they advance and retreat during a glaciation cycle." The author will review the dynamics of climatic change, describing the basic physical concepts and mechanisms in simple terms; then present a detailed introduction to modeling the advance and retreat of ice sheets in response to and as contributing to climatic forcing. The modeling approach will focus on the physical basis of the model, making maximum use of glacial geology.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 359 pages
  • 213.36 x 279.4 x 27.94mm | 1,292.73g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 8 halftones, 176 line drawings, bibliography
  • 0195069641
  • 9780195069648

Table of contents

1. A New Paradigm for the Ice Age; 2. Living in an Ice Age; 3. Clues from Antarctica; 4. The Dynamics of Ice Sheets; 5. Sheet Flow; 6. Stream Flow; 7. Ice Shelves; 8. Ice Calving; 9. The Last Glaciation; 10. The Coming Glaciation; Referencesshow more

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"This is a somewhat technical book written for glaciologists that challenges a view that ice sheets have only a passive response to Quaternary climate changes. Instead, the author considers the proposition that Quaternary ice sheets interact with global climate. The book starts with a new paradigm for the ice age, discussing instability of ice sheets (especially Antarctica) and goes on to physics and dynamics of ice sheets followed by chapters on sheet, stream, and shelf flows. The last chapters present analyses of the last glaciation and the coming glaciation (using models and Milankovitch insolation cycles). Prior knowledge of calculus and glacial and fluid dynamics is assumed."--Bulletin of the American Meteorological Societyshow more