, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 293–297 | Cite as

The significance of global snow and ice cover for global change studies

  • Barry Roger G. 


The spatial extent and volume of global snow and ice cover at present and during glacial conditions are reviewed for each of the principal components (snow cover, land ice, sea ice and permafrost). The state of global monitoring of snow and ice conditions is shown to be adequate for some variables, but unsatisfactory for others. Recent trends are reported and expected changes projected for increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases are examined.


Snow Cover Microwave Radiometer Before Present Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Model Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer 
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  • Barry Roger G. 
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  1. 1.Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and Department of GeographyUniversity of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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