Snow Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Snow-Covered Ecosystems by H. G. JonesSnow Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Snow-Covered Ecosystems by H. G. Jones

Snow Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Snow-Covered Ecosystems

EditorH. G. Jones, J. W. Pomeroy, D. A. Walker

Paperback | April 28, 2011

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In this volume, a multidisciplinary group of acknowledged experts fully intergrate the physical, chemical, and biological sciences to provide a complete understanding of the interrelationships between snow structure and life. This volume opens a new perspecitve on snow cover as a habitat for organisms under extreme environmental conditions and as a key factor in the ecology of much of the Earth's surface. The contributors describe the fundamental physical and small-scale chemical processes that characterize the evolution of snow and their influence on the life cycles of true snow organisms and the biota of cold regions with extended snow cover. The book further expands on the role of snow in the biosphere by the study of the relationship between snow and climate and the paleo-ecological evidence for the influence of past snow regimes on plant communities. Snow Ecology will form a main textbook on advanced courses in biology, ecology, geography, environmental science, and earth science where an important component is devoted to the study of the cryosphere. It will also be useful as a reference text for graduate students, researchers, and professionals at academic institutions and in government and nongovernmental agencies with environmental concerns.
Title:Snow Ecology: An Interdisciplinary Examination of Snow-Covered EcosystemsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 10 × 7.01 × 0.83 inPublished:April 28, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052118889X

ISBN - 13:9780521188890

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; 1. Snow cover and the climate system Pavel Ya. Groisman and T. D. Davies; 2. Physical properties of snow John Pomeroy and E. Brun; 3. The chemistry of snow Martyn Tranter and H. G. Jones; 4. Microbial ecology of snow and fresh-water ice with emphasis on snow algae Ron Hoham and Brian Duval; 5. The effect of snow cover on small animals C. W. Aitchison; 6. Snow vegetation interactions in tundra environments D. A. Walker, W. D. Billings and J. G. de Molenaar; 7. Tree-ring dating of past snow regimes Yves Bégin and Simon Boivin; Index.

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"Fortunately, an appreciation of the biological aspects of snow-covered ecosystems has been gaining momentum, and this book is an outstanding example of this trend... Snow Ecology is well edited, organized, and cited. The book is thorough and rich in useful resources for people interested in learning more about ecological processes occurring in and around seasonal snowpacks... It is clear to me that his book is a valuable reference and that it is likely to long serve as a source of information on this topic... This text is a pioneering contribution to snow-covered systems; it is enlightening and very readable." Christopher A. Hiemstra, Journal of the Arctic Institute of North America