Icebergs are a prime example of an environmental phenomenon that brings together multiple disciplines in the polar sciences, from the physics of calving and melting to the geology of their solid deposits and sea floor interactions. Icebergs are also increasingly seen to play key roles in past and present climate change. This book gives a comprehensive, multidisciplinary view of icebergs and their interaction with the Earth system, from the physical and biological interaction with the ocean and climate, to how iceberg detritus informs us about past Earth history. Societal and cultural aspects of icebergs are also examined, in terms of the risks and opportunities posed by icebergs in the modern world, as well as how these might develop in the future. With extensive illustrations and key links to online resources, Icebergs is a valuable reference for academic researchers and graduate students studying oceanography, cryospheric science, climatology and environmental science.
Grant R. Bigg is Professor of Earth System Science in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield, and prior to this was Head of the Department of Geography at the same university. He won the Gordon Manley Weather Prize of the Royal Meteorological Society in 2004. Professor Bigg has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers, and is the author of The Oceans and Climate, now in its second edition. He has worked with industry on iceberg and sea-ice related topics since 2007.
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Appointment with the Titanic; Part I. The Science of Icebergs: 2. The origin of icebergs; 3. The physics of icebergs; 4. Inputs from icebergs to the ocean; 5. Icebergs and the sea floor; Part II. Icebergs and their Impacts: 6. Icebergs and past climates; 7. Abrupt climate change due to icebergs; 8. Iceberg risk; 9. Icebergs: a freshwater source?; 10. Icebergs and the future; Index.