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Dynamics of Ice Sheets and Glaciers

Benefits

  • Presents a comprehensive formulation of the fluid dynamical basis of glacier and ice sheet flow and thermodynamics, with focussing on its application to numerical modelling

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Ralf Greve, Heinz Blatter
    Pages 1-6
  3. Ralf Greve, Heinz Blatter
    Pages 7-16
  4. Ralf Greve, Heinz Blatter
    Pages 17-48
  5. Ralf Greve, Heinz Blatter
    Pages 49-60
  6. Ralf Greve, Heinz Blatter
    Pages 61-109
  7. Ralf Greve, Heinz Blatter
    Pages 111-143
  8. Ralf Greve, Heinz Blatter
    Pages 145-184
  9. Ralf Greve, Heinz Blatter
    Pages 185-201
  10. Ralf Greve, Heinz Blatter
    Pages 203-259
  11. Ralf Greve, Heinz Blatter
    Pages 261-262
  12. Publisher
    Pages 1-3
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 263-287

About this book

Introduction

Dynamics of Ice Sheets and Glaciers presents an introduction to the dynamics and thermodynamics of flowing ice masses on Earth. Based on an outline of general continuum mechanics, the different initial-boundary-value problems for the flow of ice sheets, ice shelves, ice caps and glaciers are systematically derived. Special emphasis is put on developing hierarchies of approximations for the different systems, and suitable numerical solution techniques are discussed. A separate chapter is devoted to glacial isostasy. The book is appropriate for graduate courses in glaciology, cryospheric sciences, environmental sciences, geophysics and related fields. Standard undergraduate knowledge of mathematics (calculus, linear algebra) and physics (classical mechanics, thermodynamics) provide a sufficient background for successfully studying the text.

Keywords

Geophysics dynamics flow glacier glaciology ice sheet ice shelf

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Inst. Low Temperature ScienceHokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan
  2. 2.Inst. Atmospheric & Climate ScienceETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

Reviews

From the reviews:

“The text … give enough information to point the reader in the appropriate direction. … designed to be adsorbed through study and practice, and will be a worthwhile guide for beginning graduate students and those with experience in other aspects of geophysical fluid dynamics. It is primarily a text in practical ice sheet modeling techniques, and as much will be useful to those beginning their work in this field.” (Alan W. Rempel, Pure and Applied Geophysics, Vol. 167, 2010)