Weeks, W. F. On Sea Ice. Fairbanks, AK: University of Alaska Press, 2010.
On Sea Ice provides an exploration of our current state of knowledge of the natural history of sea ice; the ice that forms in the sea by the freezing of seawater. This seemingly obscure material at maximum extent covers slightly over 7% of the Earth’s surface. Its presence affects many aspects of the atmospheric and marine environments of the polar regions with some effects extending appreciably further toward the equator. It is clearly a significant player in the riddle of climate change and its properties and behavior are a particular concern to individuals involved in polar marine engineering and operations. Although observations on sea ice go back to 350 BC, the vast extent of our knowledge has been gained since 1950. In short, the book gradually progresses from considering sea ice on a microscopic scale to examining its effects on a more global scale. As it is commonly easier to investigate matters on a small scale than on the very large, this allows the reader to use more firmly established, smaller scale information as building blocks in assessing larger scale problems. However, there are still large numbers of missing bricks in the sea ice edifice considered on every scale. Appendices include a listing of symbols,
acronyms, a glossary of sea ice terminology and brief discussions of sampling procedures, thin section preparation and other tricks of the trade. An extensive listing of references is provided.