Our Frozen Planet

A Photographic Journey Through the World of Snow and Ice

Michael Hambrey & Jürg Alean

A sensational photographic exploration of the world of ice and snow, from oceans to ice sheets, glaciers and ice caves, and the stunning landscapes of the world’s major mountain ranges.

310 x 225 mm

256 pages


ISBN: 978-1-906506-73-5


Subjects: Natural History, Climate Change

21 October 2024

We live on a planet where up to a third of the land area is covered by snow and ice during the winter. This frozen world, known by scientists as the cryosphere, is captured in all its remarkable beauty by the spectacular photography within this book. OUR FROZEN PLANET is a celebration of these frozen realms, inviting readers to embark upon a stunning photographic journey through the cryosphere.  However, this book also carries a stark warning: although the cryosphere represents a significant component of Planet Earth, it is rapidly declining in response to global warming. The next few generations of humanity will see unprecedented change in ice and snow cover. Now is the time to place on record the magical beauty of such areas. A celebration of this fascinating and breathtaking world, OUR FROZEN PLANET serves as a reminder of what we are at risk of losing, and, in doing so, gives us the courage to tackle the global climate emergency. 

Michael Hambrey & Jürg Alean

  • Michael Hambrey is Emeritus Professor of Glaciology and former Director of the Centre for Glaciology in the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences at Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK. He was also founding director of the Climate Change Consortium of Wales. His research interests include glacial geology and structural glaciology. He has published nearly 200 scientific papers and several books.
  • Michael has undertaken glaciological fieldwork in Norway, New Zealand, the Swiss Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya, the Canadian Arctic, Yukon, Alaska, Greenland, Svalbard and Antarctica. For his work in the polar regions, he was awarded the ‘Polar Medal’ twice by the late Queen Elizabeth II (in 1989 and 2012) and the SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) Medal for Scientific Excellence (in 2019). The naming of ‘Hambrey Cliffs’ on James Ross Island in Antarctica also recognises his contribution to polar science. Michael has served on a number of UK national and international committees dealing with glacial and polar issues, and has been responsible for editing several scientific journals and conference volumes.
  • Jürg Alean was formerly a teacher of geography at the Kantonsschule Zürcher Unterland in Bülach, Switzerland. He has undertaken extensive fieldwork in the Swiss Alps, the Canadian Arctic, Alaska and South America. His research has led to various scientific papers, in particular concerning dangerous glaciers and ice avalanches. He has also published many popular scientific articles and several books.
  • Jürg is member of a team of volunteers maintaining ‘SwissEduc.ch’, a Web platform dedicated to providing teaching materials mainly for secondary education, and also hosting www.glaciers-online.net, where both authors present a wide range of their photographic work on and around glaciers all over the world.
  • Michael and Jürg’s book Glaciers earned the Earth Science Publishers (USA) Outstanding Publication Award in 1995.

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