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The Drift of Sea Ice

Leppäranta, Matti

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2nd ed. 2011, XXX, 350 p.

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  • About this book

  • Presents the theory, observations, mathematical modeling techniques and applications of sea ice drift science
  • Explains analytical modeling in one chapter to increase the understanding of the physics of this topic
  • Gives a collection of worked examples on sea ice dynamics
  • Details the derivation of the fundamental laws of sea ice dynamics in an understandable form
  • Provides mathematical models to make this an excellent source book for research scientists on polar oceans and freezing marginal seas and climate change researchers
  • Teaches methods for local and regional ice forecasting for ice engineering applications
  • Analyses the system of equations for the general properties of sea ice drift and the derivation of the free drift model and analytical models for ice drift in the presence of internal friction
  • Presents the construction of numerical ice drift models
  • Makes an excellent source book for climate research concerning the role of sea ice dynamics in the global climate

The Second Edition of The Drift of Sea Ice presents the fundamental laws of sea ice drift which come from the material properties of sea ice and the basic laws of mechanics. The resulting system of equations is analysed for the general properties of sea ice drift, the free drift model and analytical models for ice drift in the presence of internal friction, and the construction of numerical ice drift models is detailed. This second edition of a much lauded work, unique on this topic in the English language, has been revised, updated and expanded with much new information and outlines recent results, in particular in relation to the climate problem, mathematical modelling and ice engineering applications.

The current book presents the theory, observations, mathematical modelling techniques, and applications of sea ice drift science. The theory is presented from the beginning on a graduate student level, so that students and researchers coming from other fields such as physical oceanography, meteorology, physics, engineering, environmental sciences or geography can use the book as a source book or self-study material. First the drift ice material is presented ending with the concept of ‘ice state’ – the relevant properties in sea ice dynamics. Ice kinematics observations are widely presented with the mathematical analysis methods, and thereafter come drift ice rheology – to close the triangle material – kinematics – stress. The momentum equation of sea ice is derived in detail and its general properties are carefully analysed. Then follow two chapters on analytical models: free drift and drift in the presence of internal friction: These are very important tools in understanding the dynamical behaviour of sea ice. The last topical chapter is numerical models, which are the modern tool to solve ice dynamics problem in short term and long term problems. The closing chapter summarises sea ice dynamics applications and the need of sea ice dynamic knowledge and gives some final remarks on the future of this branch of science.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Drift science - Drift velocity - Ice-covered seas - Sea ice

Related subjects » Environmental Engineering and Physics - Geophysics & Geodesy - Oceanography

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