The research conducted by staff at the Faculty of Earth Sciences is carried out under the auspices of the University of Iceland Institute of Earth Sciences. This is a research venue for permanent academic staff as well as other specialists, post-doctoral fellows and graduate students.
Research is divided into three main themes:
- Volcanology (Understanding volcanoes)
- Environment and climate
- Crustal processes
- Research is focused on some of those processes that are particularly active in and around Iceland, in the Earth's mantle and crust, in volcanoes and geothermal areas, glaciers and rivers, sedimentary deposits on land and in the ocean, vegetation and erosion.
- Research relates to Icelandic natural resources; Icelandic nature and its uniqueness in a geological sense; the Icelandic contribution to a global understanding of earth sciences.
- Research projects are carried out in collaboration with various research and service institutions, such as the Civil Protection Department, the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration, the Marine Research Institute, Iceland GeoSurvey, Iceland Glaciological Society, the Icelandic Coast Guard, Landsvirkjun, the Icelandic Institute of Natural History, the National Energy Authority of Iceland, Orkuveita Reykjavíkur, Hydrological Service, Icelandic Meteorological Office, the Icelandic Road Administration, the Environment Agency of Iceland, as well as many international academic institutions.
- Faculty staff counsel the Civil Protection Department and other authorities on various natural hazards, as well as providing media with information on diverse topics in earth sciences.