Archaia Summer Study Tour 2018

Öræfajökull, Vatnajökull National Park
January 3, 2018

ARCHAIA heads to Iceland / Greenland in the Summer of 2018

We are excited to announce the second annual Archaia Summer Study Tour to take place in the last two weeks of August 2018.  Professors Joe Manning, Jóhanna Katrín Friðriksdóttir and Anders Winroth will be leading a two week course based in Kevlavik, Iceland and will provide a basic introduction to Geophysical processes, to Paleoclimatology and to historical case studies and methods on the impact of climate change on human society. Based at Geocamp Iceland, we will also have time to travel through some of the historical landscape of Iceland, see the well-known volcanoes and lava fields left by some of the largest eruptions in history, and experience on-site lectures at a variety of locations throughout the island.  We plan a series of lectures by experts on Geology, Volcanology and Ancient and Medieval History. Here Francis Ludlow, Trinity College Dublin will play a significant role. This trip has wide potential for collaborative learning, and aims to introduce students to the methods required to integrate human and natural archives to tell a richer story of the past. We may (for those willing) hike up onto a glacier and spend the night. Most exciting of all (which is truly saying something!) is that we plan on flying over to the Greenland Climate Research Centre Pinngortitaleriffik * Grønlands Naturinstitut * Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk, which offers both expertise in Environmental Studies, Climatology and a rich historical setting for examining the historical effects of climate change on human settlement patterns.

This trip will take place during the last two weeks of August.  We need to begin planning as soon as possible, therefore we ask that all interested in the trip make their interest known to Joe Manning via email ( and/or Anders Winroth ( no later than January 26, 2018.

Archaia will cover full costs, including travel, lodging and board, for about 10 students, for the two weeks of the trip. Those who join us are expected to participate in the entirety of the trip. Those who might wish to stay abroad beyond the trip dates may do so but will be expected to cover further costs using other sources of funding.