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The Ecology of Snow and Ice Environments
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The Ecology of Snow and Ice Environments

Johanna Laybourn-Parry, Martyn Tranter, and Andrew J. Hodson

Abstract

Snow and ice environments support significant biological activity, yet the biological importance of some of these habitats, for example glaciers, has only recently gained appreciation. Collectively these environments form part of the cryosphere, most of which is situated at high latitudes. Ice environments are regarded as important sentinels of climate change. The polar regions are warming more rapidly than lower latitudes, resulting in marked changes in the extent of ice sheets, glaciers, and the sea ice. The important issue of climate change is embedded throughout this book, which draws toge ... More

Keywords: ice, snow, ecology, cryosphere, bacteria, protozoa, algae, microbial

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199583072
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583072.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johanna Laybourn-Parry, author
Bristol Glaciology Centre, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

Martyn Tranter, author
Bristol Glaciology Centre, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

Andrew J. Hodson, author
Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, UK

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