Iceland: Perspectives and Realities of Climate Change gives students the chance to explore the science of climate change, including the geographical, physical, and environmental drivers causing major changes, as well as applications and perceptions of sustainable living, particularly those related to energy and water resource use.
Dr. Jason Polk and Dr. Leslie North from WKU Department of Geography & Geology, along with Scholar-in-Residence Dr. Bernie Strenecky will lead the group and partner with local Icelandic researchers.
WKU’s Housing & Residence Life contributes by offering the chance for an HRL staff member to join the program as the student life assistant. This year Kelly Matlack serves in this capacity as a way to support students before, during and after the course.
This is WKU’s second Faculty-Led Study Abroad course in Iceland in which the team will work with faculty and students from the University of Akureyri. The study abroad component begins in Iceland on May 23 and ends on June 6. The partnership enables WKU students to stay in Iceland after the summer course to continue research in one of the most unique locations in the world where the impacts of climate change are studies first-hand.
Polk says, “Students will have a unique opportunity to work with Icelandic students, communities, and both the U.S. And Canadian Embassies to study the challenges and applied solutions related to a changing climate in the Arctic from an applied perspective.”
Through this course, WKU provides students the chance to make a direct impact on climate change research.
Learn more about WKU’s Iceland projects at this link: https://www.wku.edu/iceland/