A prediction model that better enables research scientists to compute the future melt of glaciers; taking climate change into account, is the result of a three year research project conducted by research scientist at the Institute of Earth Sciences in collaboration with domestic and international institutes and companies. The model will also prove useful to the Icelandic National Power Company (Landsvirkjun) for planning hydropower production, and furthermore for issuing flood warnings.
From the 30th September to the 7th October 2017, the 8th Nordic Palaeomagnetism Workshop was successfully held at the Hótel Leirubakki and Hekla Center in Iceland. 37 participants discussed a range of issues including the palaeogeography and palaeoclimate of the Phanerozoic and Precambrian, changes in the geodynamo between the Jurassic and Cretaceous, and the palaeomagnetic field over the past 100 ka. The workshop started with a talk on the history of palaeomagnetism in Iceland by Leó Kristjánsson and on Wednesday afternoon Páll Einarsson gave a field excursion
Jessica Till is currently on a 2-month campaign to log and analyze 1500 m of core drilled last winter from the Samail ophiolite as part of the ICDP Oman Drilling Project. A drilling vessel named Chikyu is used while it is stationed in port in Shimizu, Japan.
On Wednesday the 9th of August, Rebecca Anna Neely will defend her Ph.D. thesis in geology. The thesis title is “Molybdenum isotope behaviour in aqueous systems”
Opponents are Dr. Thomas F. Nägler, Associate Professor of Isotope Geology at the Institute of Geology at the University of Bern, Switzerland and Dr. Caroline L. Peacock, Associate Professor of Biogeochemistry at the School of Earth & Environment at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom.
Nine students and four scholars from diverse academic fields at both Icelandic and Japanese universities, received grants from the Watanabe Trust Fund at the University of Iceland. The total amount of grants allocated at a ceremony at the University of Iceland on 27 April was close to eleven million Icelandic Krona. Toshizo Watanabe, founder of the fund and his wife, Hidemi Watanabe both attended the ceremony.