Introduction to the Physics of the Cryosphere (Second Edition)

Melody Sandells*, Daniela Flocco

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This second edition defines different parts of the cryosphere including: permafrost, snow, land ice, sea ice, ocean, atmosphere and covers numerical modelling of thermodynamic exchanges: conservation of mass, energy, and momentum. It explores the physical basis behind phenomena such as formation of stone circles from melt-freeze processes, snow crystal formation and pressure-melting of glaciers. As an engaging course text for students, it discusses the contribution of melt to sea level rise and explains terms used commonly in the literature. This book is intended for graduates with a numerical sciences background, particularly those who are heading towards postgraduate study or are generally interested in environmental physics.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBristol, UK
PublisherInstitute of Physics Publishing
Number of pages135
ISBN (Electronic)9780750336475
ISBN (Print)9780750336451
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2022


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