IcelandWeek-Long Study Tour | Environmental Science of the Arctic Program

This Study Tour focuses on climate change and its implications since 1000 AD when the Icelandic nation was established. You will experience how the Icelanders have coped with climate change and volcanic activity.

You will have a unique chance to study the impacts of climate change on glaciers as well as society, learn how glacial processes shape landscapes and interact with civilization, and explore how geothermal energy can be harnessed to provide a fossil-free energy supply.

Tour Objectives

  • Explore past climate change to contextualize current and projected climate change
  • Gain an understanding of the methods applied in paleoclimatology, including different indirect measurements (proxies) and dating methods
  • Understand the basis for climate projections and the source of some of the main uncertainties

Possible Activities

  • Hear lectures and have discussions at the University of Reykjavik
  • Take an excursion to Eyjafjallajökull, Myrdalsjökull, and Vatnajökull glaciers
  • Explore the geothermal manifestations around Hveragerdi