Greenland Ice Sheet and Arctic Mountain Glaciers get attention in new book

The Nansen Center Director, Sebastian H. Mernild, co-authored a chapter on the Greenland Ice Sheet and Arctic Mountain Glaciers in the recently published book “Arctic Hydrology, Permafrost and Ecosystems”. 


Director Sebastian H. Mernild. Photo: NERSCDirector Sebastian H. Mernild. Photo: NERSCOn the occasion of the release of the book from Springer Publisher, Sebastian H. Mernild says: “This has been an interesting book project to work on. The Arctic is changing fast, and the impacts from a changing climate are significant. We need to map and understand this changing environment to better document its changes. Therefore, my colleagues and I wrote a chapter for the book about the Greenland Ice Sheet and Arctic Mountain Glaciers - simply to emphasize the changes we are seeing in land ice in the Arctic".


The book Arctic Hydrology, Permafrost and Ecosystems gathers state-of-the-art knowledge on Arctic hydrology, permafrost, and ecosystem, and their key elements and components:

The scope of the chapters in the book covers the broader northern regions in consideration of many factors and elements of climate system, hydrology system, permafrost, and ecosystems across the high latitudes. The Arctic is an integrated physical, biological, and chemical system with its elements closely linked by its atmosphere, ocean, and land.

The Arctic has experienced significant changes over the past several decades. To better understand the changes, causes, and consequences, it is important to regularly review and update the research progress of the Arctic system science. This book, drawing on the most recent research results across the circumpolar regions, provides a comprehensive, up-to-date assessment of the key terrestrial components of the Arctic system, i.e., hydrology, permafrost, and ecology.

The chapters written by scholars carefully examine Arctic climate variability/change, large river hydrology, lakes and wetlands, snow cover and ice processes, permafrost characteristics, vegetation/landscape changes, and the future trajectory of Arctic system evolution.

The discussions cover the fundamental features and processes of the Arctic system, with a special focus on the critical knowledge gaps, i.e., the interactions and feedbacks among water, permafrost, and ecosystems, such as snowpack and permafrost changes and their impacts on basin hydrology and ecology, river flow, geochemistry, and energy fluxes to the Arctic Ocean, and the structure and function of Arctic ecosystem in response to changes in climate, hydrology, and permafrost conditions. (Yang & Kane, 2021, p. v)




Mernild S.H., Liston G.E., Yang D. (2021) Greenland Ice Sheet and Arctic Mountain Glaciers. In: Yang D., Kane D. (eds) Arctic Hydrology, Permafrost and Ecosystems. Springer, Cham.

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