SIT Study Abroad Logo


Climate Change and the Arctic



Oddur Sigurdsson, PhD
Oddur is a geologist and a specialist in glaciological research at the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO). He has researched and published extensively on the subjects of Icelandic geology, glaciology, and global glacial decline in the 21st century. He was also senior author of the “Map of the Glaciers of Iceland,” which was produced by the IMO in collaboration with the United States Geological Survey and Iceland Geosurvey. Throughout his career, Oddur has accumulated an invaluable collection of about 55,000 photographs of the ice caps and glaciers that document the effect of climate change. This photo collection is now preserved at the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

Throstur Thorsteinsson, PhD
Throstur is a professor at the University of Iceland’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources and Institute of Earth Sciences. His extensive research has covered a variety of environmental issues, including climate change, glaciology and the anisotropy of ice, and the causes of air pollution in Iceland and its health impacts. Throstur received his PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle.

Tom Barry
Tom is the executive secretary for the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, the biodiversity working group of the Arctic Council, based in Akureyri, Iceland. Tom was also involved in the Arctic Biodiversity Assessment and in the implementation of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Programme, which works to monitor and respond to biodiversity-related trends and pressures affecting the circumpolar world.