Days 157-177: not the rains down in Africa

In December, the University offered a three-week intensive course on assessing the environmental impact of an industrial project.  Most countries have an environmental assessment process: the U.S. was one of the early adopters, creating a system of environmental impact statements in 1969.  The specifics – what projects require an assessment and what the assessment must… Read More Days 157-177: not the rains down in Africa

Days 105-110: on top of the world

Each fall, Iceland hosts an international conference on issues and opportunities in the far north.  The Arctic Circle Conference brings together an in impressive list of national leaders and diplomats, scientists and academics: this year’s dignitary list included the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson; the President of France, François Hollande; Prince Albert II of… Read More Days 105-110: on top of the world

Day 92: one down …

This was the last day of our class in surface geothermal exploration. The final exam consisted of questions posed by a group of experts from ISOR, the Icelandic geosurvey company, covering geology, seismology, geochemistry, and geophysics.  Each student had their turn individually, seated at a conference table with the experts gathered on either side asking questions… Read More Day 92: one down …