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The Cryosphere Shawn J. Marshall

The Cryosphere

Shawn J. Marshall

Published October 23rd 2011
ISBN : 9780691145259
Hardcover
304 pages
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The cryosphere encompasses the Earths snow and ice masses. It is a critical part of our planets climate system, one that is especially at risk from climate change and global warming. The Cryosphere provides an essential introduction to theMoreThe cryosphere encompasses the Earths snow and ice masses. It is a critical part of our planets climate system, one that is especially at risk from climate change and global warming. The Cryosphere provides an essential introduction to the subject, written by one of the worlds leading experts in Earth-system science.In this primer, glaciologist Shawn Marshall introduces readers to the cryosphere and the broader role it plays in our global climate system. After giving a concise overview, he fully explains each component of the cryosphere and how it works--seasonal snow, permafrost, river and lake ice, sea ice, glaciers, ice sheets, and ice shelves. Marshall describes how snow and ice interact with our atmosphere and oceans and how they influence climate, sea level, and ocean circulation. He looks at the cryospheres role in past ice ages and considers the changing cryospheres future impact on our landscape, oceans, and climate.Accessible and authoritative, this primer also features a glossary of key terms, suggestions for further reading, explanations of equations, and a discussion of open research questions in the field.