Thematic Programme in Volcanology, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland
Advancing the understanding of volcanoes is the fundamental goal of the thematic program in volcanology at the Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland. Volcanoes and their behaviour are studied across disciplines including petrology, geochemistry, geophysics and geology. Together, these research efforts are providing new views on how volcanoes work. Iceland, with its variety of volcanoes and frequent activity, is used as a natural laboratory to provide insights into fundamental processes that shape our planet. The research carried out is thus of relevance to the understanding of volcanic activity in diverse settings such as along the Earth’s mid-oceanic ridge system as well as at continental margins.
The thematic program is the basis for graduate studies in volcanology and the operation of the Nordic Volcanological Center within the Institute of Earth Sciences – a Nordic centre for cooperation in volcanology and related fields.