Ice Mechanics for Geophysical and Civil Engineering Applications

  • Ryszard Staroszczyk

Part of the GeoPlanet: Earth and Planetary Sciences book series (GEPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 321-334

About this book


This book presents the concepts and tools of ice mechanics, together with examples of their application in the fields of glaciology, climate research and civil engineering in cold regions. It starts with an account of the most important physical properties of sea and polar ice treated as an anisotropic polycrystalline material, and reviews relevant field observations and experimental measurements. The book focuses on theoretical descriptions of the material behaviour of ice in different stress, deformation and deformation-rate regimes on spatial scales ranging from single ice crystals, those typical in civil engineering applications, up to scales of thousands of kilometres, characteristic of large, grounded polar ice caps in Antarctica and Greenland. In addition, it offers a range of numerical formulations based on either discrete (finite-element, finite-difference and smoothed particle hydrodynamics) methods or asymptotic expansion methods, which have been used by geophysicists, theoretical glaciologists and civil engineers to simulate the behaviour of ice in a number of problems of importance to glaciology and civil engineering, and discusses the results of these simulations. The book is intended for scientists, engineers and graduate students interested in mathematical and numerical modelling of a wide variety of geophysical and civil engineering problems involving natural ice.


Polar ice sheets Theoretical Glaciology Polycrystalline Materials Viscous Creep Induced Anisotropy

Authors and affiliations

  • Ryszard Staroszczyk
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  1. 1.Institute of Hydro-EngineeringPolish Academy of SciencesGdańskPoland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-03037-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-03038-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5193
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5207
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