Covering more than seven percent of the earth's surface, sea ice is crucial to the functioning of the biosphere- and is a key component in our attempts to understand and combat climate change. With this book, geophysicist W. F. Weeks delivers a natural history of sea ice, a fully comprehensive and up-to-date account of our knowledge of its creation, change, and function.
W. F. “Willy” Weeks is a geophysicist with long-term interests in the ice covers of the polar oceans. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in geochemistry from the University of Chicago. He has authored over 300 technical papers on various aspects of the polar regions and has contributed to several monographs on sea ice. In addition to his scientific interests, he is a contrabassist currently playing with orchestras in the Portland, Oregon area.
On Sea Ice is a long-awaited book by the greatest living master of the art of sea ice research, and it satisfies all the expectations of those who have been waiting patiently for the last decade. . . . The book is literally the last word on the subject because, given the explosion of research effort in the past few years, the science of sea ice is now going beyond the capacity of one person to fully understand and summarize.
Comprehensive. . . wise in identifying the weaknesses in the structure of sea ice physics theory and proposing ways forward to solve them. . . . Any young scientist reading Weeks’ book will find potential PhD topics laid out in every chapter.