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Darkening Peaks Glacier Retreat, Science, and Society

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ISBN-10: 0520253051

ISBN-13: 9780520253056

Edition: 2007

Authors: Ben Orlove, Ellen Wiegandt, Brian H. Luckman

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Looking up at mountains, people now see bare, dark rock where white snow and ice once stood--dramatic evidence of the accelerating pace of glacier retreat due to climate change. This groundbreaking work is the first to provide an integrated, multidisciplinary, global exploration of the scientific, social, and economic dimensions of this phenomenon. Bringing together contributors from five continents, "Darkening Peaks "discusses the ways that scientists have observed and modeled glaciers, tells how climate change is altering their size and distribution, and looks closely at their effect on human life.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 2/14/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Overview: Glaciers in Science and Society
The Place of Glaciers in Natural and Cultural Landscapes
Societal Perceptions: Cultures and Institutions
Changing Views of Changing Glaciers
Challenges of Living with Glaciers in the Swiss Alps, Past and Present
Environment, History, and Culture as Influences on Perceptions of Glacier Dynamics: The Case of Mt. Shasta
Glacial Hazards: Perceiving and Responding to Threats in Four World Regions
Scientific Observations: Measurement, Monitoring, and Modeling
Two Alpine Glaciers over the Past Two Centuries: A Scientific View Based on Pictorial Sources
Long-Term Observations of Glaciers in Norway
Alpinewide Distributed Glacier Mass Balance Modeling: A Tool for Assessing Future Glacier Change?
Modeling Climate-Change Impacts on Mountain Glaciers and Water Resources in the Central Dry Andes
Trends in Natural Landscapes: Climate Change
Glacier Mass Balance in the Northern U.S. and Canadian Rockies: Paleo-Perspectives and Twentieth-Century Change
Glacier Fluctuations in the European Alps, 1850-2000: An Overview and a Spatiotemporal Analysis of Available Data
Tropical Glaciers, Climate Change, and Society: Focus on Kilimanjaro (East Africa)
Impacts on Human Landscapes: Resources, Hazards, and Cultural Landscapes
New Zealand's Glaciers: Key National and Global Assets for Science and Society
The Impact of Mining on Rock Glaciers and Glaciers: Examples from Central Chile
Glacier Changes and Their Impacts on Mountain Tourism: Two Case Studies from the Italian Alps
Mama Cotacachi: History, Local Perceptions, and Social Impacts of Climate Change and Glacier Retreat in the Ecuadorian Andes
Responses: Adaptation and Accommodation
The Politics of Place: Inhabiting and Defending Glacier Hazard Zones in Peru's Cordillera Blanca
Responses to Glacier Retreat in the Context of Development Planning in Nepal
Glaciers and Efficient Water Use in Central Asia
Research and Development in Mountain Glaciers: An Overview of Institutions and Organizations