Ice in the earth system: the view from above

Rapley, C.G.. 2001 Ice in the earth system: the view from above. In: Buchroithner, M.F., (ed.) A decade of trans-European remote sensing cooperation. Proceedings of the 20th EARSeL Symposium, Dresden, June 2000. Rotterdam, Balkema, 3-7.

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The cryosphere is a key component of the Earth system, with important linkages and feedbacks affecting the radiative balance of the planet, the circulation of the oceans and atmosphere, global mean sea level, and climate. Space provides an especially valuable vantage point for studying the nature and behaviour of the cryosphere given the challenges of observation in-situ. This is illustrated by recent measurements of changes in Arctic sea ice cover and in the mass balance of the Antarctic Ice sheet. The first satellite missions dedicated to studies of these phenomena are scheduled for launch in the near future.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Administration
ISBN: 90-5809-187-2
NORA Subject Terms: Electronics, Engineering and Technology
Date made live: 02 Nov 2012 10:46 +0 (UTC)

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