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The Drift of Sea Ice

  • A collection of worked examples on sea ice dynamics

  • The derivation of the fundamental laws of sea ice dynamics is detailed in an understandable form

  • Excellent source book for research scientists due to mathematical models provided


Part of the Springer Praxis Books book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Pages 1-7
  3. Pages 9-44
  4. Pages 45-80
  5. Pages 81-107
  6. Pages 141-164
  7. Pages 199-227
  8. Pages 239-244
  9. Pages 245-260
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 261-267

About this book


The author presents in The Drift of Sea Ice the fundamental laws of sea ice drift which come from the material properties of sea ice and the basic laws of mechanics. The resulting system of equations is analysed for the general properties of sea ice drift, the free drift model and analytical models for ice drift in the presence of internal friction, and the construction of numerical ice drift models is detailed. The science of sea ice drift through its 100-year history to the present day is explained. The text includes the geophysical theory, observations from field programs, and mathematical models. Topics covered include the science of sea ice drift, forecasting drift velocity based on volume, size and shape, sea ice ridging and remote sensing, modelling of the ice conditions, and finally the role of sea ice drift in research fields in ice-covered seas, oceanography, marine ecology and engineering.


Arctic Waters Marine Ecology Ocean Oceanogaphy Oceanography Sea ice ecology marine

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Division of GeophysicsUniversity of HelsinkíHelsinkiFinland

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

"This is the first comprehensive text on dynamics of sea ice, a historic first! … The book is the first pedagogic collection of knowledge on this subject matter. It is of sufficient depth that it will be referenced often from the shelves of researchers on sea ice but also of sufficient clarity and background that it serves as an excellent textbook for upper-level undergraduates and graduate students. … timing of this book is excellent as it coincides with the dawning of the International Polar year." (Cathleen Geiger, Polar Record, Vol. 42 (1), 2006)