The cryosphere, that region of the world where water is temporarily or permanently frozen, plays a crucial role on our planet. Recent developments in remote sensing techniques, and the acquisition of new data sets, have resulted in significant advances in our understanding of all components of the cryosphere and its processes.
This book, based on contributions from 40 leading experts, offers a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the methods, techniques and recent advances in applications of remote sensing of the cryosphere. Examples of the topics covered include:
snow extent, depth, grain–size and impurities
surface and subsurface melting
accumulation over the Greenland and Antarctica ice sheets
ice thickness and velocities
gravimetric measurements from space
sea, lake and river ice
frozen ground and permafrost
recent and future cryosphere–oriented missions and experiments
All figures are in color and provide an excellent visual accompaniment to the technical and scientific aspect of the book.
Readership: Senior undergraduates, Masters and PhD Students, PostDocs and Researchers in cryosphere science and remote sensing.
List of contributors xv
Cryosphere Science: Series Preface xix
About the companion website xxiv
1 Remote sensing and the cryosphere 1Marco Tedesco
2 Electromagnetic properties of components of the cryosphere 17Marco Tedesco
3 Remote sensing of snow extent 31Dorothy K. Hall, Allan Frei, and Stephen J. Déry
4 Remote sensing of snow albedo, grain size, and pollution from space 48Alexander A. Khokanovsky
5 Remote sensing of snow depth and snow water equivalent 73Marco Tedesco, Chris Derksen, Jeffrey S. Deems, and James L. Foster
6 Remote sensing of melting snow and ice 99Marco Tedesco,Thomas Mote, Konrad Steffen, Dorothy K. Hall, and Waleed Abdalati
7 Remote sensing of glaciers 123Bruce H. Raup, Liss M. Andreassen, Tobias Bolch, and Suzanne Bevan
8 Remote sensing of accumulation over the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets 157Lora Koenig, Richard Forster, Ludovic Brucker, and Julie Miller
9 Remote sensing of ice thickness and surface velocity 187Prasad Gogineni and Jie–Bang Yan
10 Gravimetry measurements from space 231Scott B. Luthcke, D.D. Rowlands, T.J. Sabaka, B.D. Loomis, M. Horwath, and A.A. Arendt
11 Remote sensing of sea ice 248Walter N. Meier and Thorsten Markus
12 Remote sensing of lake and river ice 273Claude R. Duguay, Monique Bernier, Yves Gauthier, and Alexei Kouraev
13 Remote sensing of permafrost and frozen ground 307Sebastian Westermann, Claude R. Duguay, Guido Grosse, and Andreas Kääb
14 Field measurements for remote sensing of the cryosphere 345Hans–Peter Marshall, Robert L. Hawley, and Marco Tedesco
15 Remote sensing missions and the cryosphere 382Marco Tedesco, Tommaso Parrinello, CharlesWebb, and Thorsten Markus
Marco Tedesco is Associate Professor at the City College of New York, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and is founder and director of the Cryospheric Processes Laboratory at CCNY.