Physics of glacier remote sensing
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Our interest in glaciers stems mostly from their role as stores of fresh water and from the observation that glaciers vary in extent, retreating and advancing in response to climate variations, to the potential peril of alpine and coastal habitations. Also the climate history records of glaciers have become extremely valuable in understanding the Earth system. The massive ice sheets of Antarctica and Greenland play a major role in the global climate by regulating the sea level and modifying the atmospheric general circulation. Other glaciers account altogether for 1%of the total volume of ice on land, the largest of these ice massifs being Southern Patagonia ice field between Argentina and Chile and Vatnajökull in Iceland. Their influence is limited to the local climatic and hydrological conditions, and also they serve as good regional climate indicators.