Arctic Freshwater Resource Dynamics and Socio-Environmental Challenges: Towards An Interdisciplinary Project

Organized by Western Kentucky University, University of Akureyri, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network, the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the Marine and Freshwater Institute, and the Icelandic Centre for Research 5. October 2017

Saturday, October 14, 11:20 - 12:20
Location: Akrafjall, Fourth Level


  • Thorsteinn Gunnarsson, Senior Adviser, Icelandic Centre for Research - Rannis: Observing and Monitoring the Arctic Freshwater System
  • Thorsteinn Thorsteinsson, Glaciologist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office: The Global Cryosphere Watch in the Arctic
  • Jason S. Polk, Associate Professor of Geography and Geology, Western Kentucky University: Insights from Melting Ice: Using Glacial Rivers to Understand Climate Change, Weathering, and Water Resource Issues
  • Jill R. Welter, Associate Professor of Biology Endowed Chair in the Sciences, St. Catherine University: Human Activities in the Arctic: Consequences for Freshwater Ecosystems and their Connection to the Sea
  • Jónína S. Þorláksdóttir, Rif Field Station, Northeast Iceland: Learning by doing: Using experience for establishing, implementing and harmonizing freshwater monitoring efforts in the Arctic
  • Steingrímur Jónsson, Professor, University of Akureyri; Scientist, Marine and Freshwater Research Institute in Iceland: The Ocean Around Iceland; How is it Affected By Climate Variability and Climate Change
  • Leslie A. North, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Western Kentucky University, Center for Human GeoEnvironmental Studies (CHNGES), Department of Geography and Geology: Misconceptions and Realities of Freshwater Resources in a Changing Climate: Engaging Community Through Effective Communication


Embla Eir Oddsdottir, Director, Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network (IACN)