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Faculty-Led Study Abroad




Summer 2018

iceland 2018


Perspectives and Realities of Climate Change

This course is designed 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.

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This course will explore how ecotourism and communication of climate change science influences public  perception about sustainability and the direction of scientific research and policy development, and unravel the socio-economic impact of global climate change in Iceland.

Special emphasis will be placed on reflective thinking and writing, science interpretation and communication, and the practical application of scientific findings to reaching sustainability goals. Iceland will serve as a “case study” for the climate change and related sustainability challenges and opportunities faced by regions throughout the world, including in Kentucky.

This course is jointly run with the University of Akureyri in Iceland and will require students to engage with Icelandic counterparts. 


This program is open to American Travelers to join as non-credit participants.  However, priority is given to students earning credit.  Please contact the program leaders prior to applying as an American Traveler. 


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Course Syllabus

  • Geog 452
  • Geos 510

Faculty Leaders


  • Reykjavik
  • Vik
  • Akureyri


  • Summer 2018




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