Exactly one week ago, Thursday, September 22nd, The Field Station | Naturae Observatio | Solander’s Eye was inaugurated in Iceland. Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland, and Pär Ahlberger, Ambassador of Sweden in Iceland, opened the Field Station Solander's Eye, which is located on Breiðamerkursandur and will observe the gradual changes that occur in a landscape that until recently was covered by a glacier. The Field Station is an interdisciplinary project led by the University of Iceland Research Centre in Hornafjörður in collaboration with specialists and scientists from The IK Foundation, the University of Iceland and other institutions.
The Field Station | Naturae Observatio | Solander’s Eye in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland. Presentation at the University of Iceland, with Pär Ahlberger, Ambassador of Sweden in Iceland and Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland. | Field press conference with Þorvaldur Árnason, Director of the UI Research Centre in Hornafjörður and Lars Hansen, Head of The IK Foundation.
As previously announced in this place (iMessenger No: 8 | 2022), the activation of the Field Station is the result of a new and unique collaboration which started in 2021. The many on-site observations will initially last for 12 months and include an extensive programme of weather data, various forms of photographic documentation, audio and chemical/physical measurements.
During October, all raw data will be possible to study 24/7 via a dedicated site for the Field Station, all under The IK Foundations Creative Commons license with our motto SHARING OBSERVATIONS | To understand Planet Earth!
The Field Station was built on site during an intensive field week in September, with hard- and software specialists from The IK Foundation’s enterprise group.
For everyone interested in the project or the unique Field Station concept as well as for news editors – please visit our project site for updates, or take part in our Press release containing more information and free pictures.
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