The effect of global warming on the cryosphere has become an issue of increased scientific and public interest in the last two decades. Thus this volume on the mass balance of the cryosphere edited by Bamber & Pyne is timely. The editors state that the goal of the book is ‘to provide, in a single volume, a comprehensive and up to date and timely review of our state of knowledge about the present-day mass balance of the cryosphere from observations and how it might change over the next millennium based on the latest modelling studies’. Although the term ‘cryosphere’ refers...

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