River Ice Books

I’ve been fascinated with river ice ever since I first started learning about it in graduate school.  This fascination eventually turned into a 25 year research career studying river ice in western and northern Canada.  Although I retired from the paid job in 2014, I still continue to collaborate with my academic colleagues and I still enjoy writing about river ice, including these two books…

If you’d like to learn a bit more about river ice – told primarily in photos – you might want to check out my photo book, “The Weird and Wonderful World of River Ice“.  Great for both adults and children! Details below – or click the link to see it on Amazon.com.

If you are a civil engineer or geoscientist who works in and around rivers, you might like to check out my newest book: An Introduction to River Ice for Civil Engineers and Geoscientists.  Details below – or click the link to see it on Amazon.com.


Book 1 Front Cover

The Weird and Wonderful World of River Ice

Kindle eBook available on Amazon for only $1.99!  Also available as a full colour paperback.

Have you ever looked at a river during freeze-up and marvelled at how unusual it appears? Thanks to the complex interactions between stream currents and weather conditions, rivers experience a fascinating variety of ice processes. If you’ve ever wondered how rivers freeze up – this is your opportunity to learn about frazil ice, hummocky ice, and ice jams – as well as fun ice types like pizza ice, marble ice, ice trumpets, and ice flowers. With more than 60 beautiful full color photos, this book is your essential introduction to the weird and wonderful world of river ice.

Now available as a full colour book and as a Kindle eBook…

Front cover River Ice Intro newRiver ice affects most streams in the northern hemisphere for several months each winter and is often responsible for severe floods and infrastructure damage.  Consequently, an understanding of river ice processes and hydraulics is essential for civil engineers, and professionals in related disciplines, who work in and around rivers. Despite the fact that ice can occupy our streams for six months or more each year, very few undergraduate engineering programs offer much instruction on this topic and only a small number of graduate programs offer specialized river ice engineering courses.  To help fill that knowledge gap, this book provides a supplementary technical reference for senior undergraduate courses related to river engineering and can also be used as the basis for the introductory portions of a specialized graduate course in river ice engineering.  Practicing professionals will find it a useful reference text.  Scroll down to see a list of the book’s chapters.

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Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Freeze-Up and Winter Ice Processes
  3. River Breakup Processes
  4. River Ice Properties
  5. Hydraulics of Ice Covered Channels
  6. Quantifying Thermal Ice Processes
  7. Ice Jam Formation and Release
  8. Ice Jam Flood Mitigation
  9. Designing and Implementing a Safe Field Program