Snow and Climate: Physical Processes, Surface Energy Exchange and Modeling

Overview

The extent and variability of seasonal snow cover are important parameters in the climate system, due to their effects on energy and moisture budgets, and because surface temperature is highly dependent on snow cover. In turn, snow cover trends serve as key indicators of climate change. Many distinct techniques have become available to study snow-climate relationships. Satellites provided the first capability for monitoring snow cover extent at continental and hemispheric scales, and there have been rapid ...

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Overview

The extent and variability of seasonal snow cover are important parameters in the climate system, due to their effects on energy and moisture budgets, and because surface temperature is highly dependent on snow cover. In turn, snow cover trends serve as key indicators of climate change. Many distinct techniques have become available to study snow-climate relationships. Satellites provided the first capability for monitoring snow cover extent at continental and hemispheric scales, and there have been rapid advances in snow modeling physics to represent snow cover and snow processes in Global Climate Models (GCMs). These advances have changed the way we look at snow cover. The main goal of this book is to provide a synthesis of the prevailing state of snow-climate science that reflects this distinct perspective. This volume provides an excellent synthesis for researchers and advanced students.

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"Linked to energy and moisture, snow cover is an important component of the climate, and these studies look at how advances in snow-climate science, such as the use of satellites and snow-modeling physics, can lead to a better understanding of climate change." - Weatherwise

"This volume will be sought by snow scientists everywhere for the comprehensive treatment of these important subjects. Each well-illustrated chapter is supported by comprehensive lists of references. The entire volume is clearly printed, with a brief index and an expanded list of contents. ... Highly recommended." - N. Caine, CHOICE

"The long-awaited Snow and Climate has been edited and written expertly. The editors have achieved a commendable continuity between chapters in terms of style, quality, level of detail, and use of figures and tables. The authors have provided a comprehensive coverage of topics along with ample references to allow someone starting in snow science, or someone who already has expertise in one subfield, to embark on a new research endeavor. This volume is appropriate for classroom use in graduate or advanced undergraduate courses, or as a reference for anyone studying snow science with the prerequisite physics background to understand the basic concepts and partial differential equations. Snow and Climate is an important contribute and should assume a prominent place in libraries and on the shelves of snow scientists and graduate students." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521130653
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 2/11/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Armstrong is a Senior Research Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center, the World Data Center for Glaciology and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Science at the University of Colorado. His current research includes remote sensing and evaluation of fluctuations in snow cover and glaciers as indicators of climate change.

Eric Brun is Head of Research at Météo-France and Director of the Centre National de Recherche Météorologiques. He is a specialist in snow and avalanches and developed original methods to assess the impact of climate change on snow cover and alpine rivers.

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Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction Richard L. Armstrong and Ross Brown; 2. Physical processes within the snow cover and their parameterization Rachel E. Jordan, Mary Remley, Albert and Eric Brun; 3. Snow-atmosphere energy and mass balance John C. King, John W. Pomeroy, Donald M. Gray, Charles Fierz, Richard J. Harding, Rachel E. Jordan, Christian Plüss, Paul M. B. Föhn and Eric Martin; 4. Snow cover parameterizations and modeling Eric Brun, Zong-Liang Yang, Richard Essery and Judah Cohen; 5. Snow cover data: Sources and products Ross Brown and Richard L. Armstrong; Index.

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