Why study climate change in Iceland?
This program has been modified with a slightly later in-country start date preceded by one week online. The online portion will include: program orientation, introductory activities to get to know your academic director and local program team; briefings on historical background of the sites and partner organizations; and discussions about the independent research project. Students will depart one week early and do their final week of research presentations and synthesis online.
The power of nature is evident in Iceland. Here you’ll study the causes of climate change and its impacts on the critical environment of the Arctic and the entire planet. Witness the astonishing beauty of glaciers, volcanoes, fjords, geothermal fields, highlands, lava flows, rugged coastline, and waterfalls. On excursions to Iceland’s remote Westfjords region and Finland, you’ll see the impact of global warming on glaciers and ice sheets. Observe ground zero of climate change amidst stunning landscapes while learning about renewable technologies that can help slow the damage.
Learn about climate models and carbon management from experts on the front lines of the fight against global warming. Fieldwork will introduce you to scientific methods, data collection and ethical issues related to climate research in Iceland. At the same time, you’ll live with an Icelandic family in Ísafjörður, a remote town of deep blue fjords and flat-topped mountains seldom visited by tourists.
- Explore Reykjavik, Iceland’s dynamic capital.
- Study at the University Center of the Westfjords in northwestern Iceland.
- Visit the deserted village of Hesteryri and the geothermal valley of Haukadalur.
- Spend 10 days in Finland, including Rovaniemi, the official home of Santa Claus.
Previous college-level coursework or other preparation in engineering, earth sciences, sustainability, environmental policy, sociology, biology, geology, geography, chemistry, archaeology, and/or environmental science/studies.