The classical text of W.S.B. Paterson, The Physics of Glaciers, remains the best treatment of glacier physics, striking a nice balance between theory, process, and empirical insight. Cuffey and Paterson (2010) offer an update on this text (see chapter 2). Hooke (2005) and van der Veen (1999) provide alternative treatments, focused on glacier mechanics. The recent contribution in this genre from Greve and Blatter (2009) is an excellent presentation of the mathematical and continuum mechanical framework for glacier dynamics. Clarke (2005)
is recommended for an overview of subglacial processes, one of the most poorly understood aspects of cryo-spheric science. Oerlemans (2001) gives a nice overview of glacier-climate processes.
Clarke, G.K.C. (2005). Subglacial processes. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences, 33, 247-276.
Greve, R., and H. Blatter (2009). Dynamics of Ice Sheets and Glaciers. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany.
Hooke, R. LeB. (2005). Principles of Glacier Mechanics, 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
Oerlemans, J. (2001). Glaciers and Climate Change. Balkema, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Paterson, W.S.B. (1994). The Physics of Glaciers, 3rd ed. Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
van der Veen, C.J. (1999). Fundamentals of Glacier Dynamics. AA Balkema, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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