Lecture by Emeritus Professor Chris Caseldine
Presented by the Geography Society
Wednesday 24 February 2020
CM.223, Newton Park, 5.00pm
Free for all to attend. Join us at the SU after.
Chris Caseldine is Emeritus Professor of Quaternary Environmental Change at the University of Exeter.
Chris first visited Iceland in 1975 to carry out research on glacial changes around southern Vatnajökull and since then has undertaken research on Holocene climatic change using both glacial data and analysis of lake cores, especially from sites in northern and western Iceland. Results from these have appeared in over 30 research papers and two edited books.
Chris is currently completing an interdisciplinary-based book on understanding the physical landscape of Iceland, which is due out in 2021.
Geologists may be lukewarm about the reality of an Anthropocene but Iceland provides an opportunity to look at Anthropocene change in action.
After briefly showing how it may be possible to identify the shift to this proposed new epoch in Iceland, the idea of the Anthropocene is used to examine three key environmental challenges that Iceland is currently facing:
- The future for its glaciers and ice caps
- Demands for clean energy
- How it deals with alien species (plants and animals).
In considering these issues, an opportunity will be taken to look more widely at what is traditionally known as the Land of Ice and Fire, and there will be passing reference to Sigur Rós and some idiosyncratic Icelandic cinema.