The graduate student field trip to Iceland in August 2010 was made possible by the Storke Memorial Fund, designated to support educational activities at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University. The participants on this trip consisted of Ph.D. students in the Earth and Environmental Sciences and Master students from the Climate and Society Program. This group of students represented a full spectrum of sub-disciplines, which allowed us to cover a wide variety of scientific topics including geophysics, tectonics, seismicity, volcanism, petrology, geothermal power generation and carbon sequestration, glaciology, climate and ecology as well as how these have shaped Icelandic culture and history.
A student-led seminar series based on extensive literature reviews was a critical component of the preparation for this field trip. Each of the participants presented a topic of interest to the rest of the group. The seminar laid a good foundation for our field studies and helped to foster the discussion of various features and phenomena we observed in the field. The seminar also provided a basis for general overviews included in this guide.
Our Iceland Field Guide summarizes the amazing field experience and the information we learned before, during, and after the trip. In addition to the broad overviews of Icelandic geology, ecology, etc., the guide also contains detailed day itineraries, trip expenses, and dinner menus. We hope that this will be useful in planning future trips to the wonderful and beautiful country of Iceland.