About the book
Glaciers are an active component of Earth and their behavior features several remarkable dynamics like fluctuations in mass balance or crevassing; each one is directly linked with neighboring environments including the anthropic one. Moreover, the current global change scenario is heavily affecting glaciers by accelerating or increasing the magnitude of the phenomena. These patterns affect the surroundings in various ways. E.g. the accelerated melting clears portion of lands and makes them available to the colonization of pioneer species and creating, de facto, new mountain landscapes in deglaciated areas. On the other hand, this heavily influences the water supply for the downstream communities including the anthropic one. Both dynamics, need to be properly studied and managed in order to better exploit, in the first case, or adequately cope with, in the second one. Glaciers can also impact, directly or indirectly, human settlements with several types of hazards as lake outburst, moraine collapse and increase in their velocity. All of these evolutionary phenomena deserve, with the aim of better comprehend their behavior, the state of the art of, in situ or remote, monitoring techniques.
The aim of the book is to collect advances in glacier research with particular attention to their changes, hazard and monitoring techniques providing the reader with a collection of case studies from all over the World.