Because of the accelerating COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing stay-at-home order from the State of Illinois, Knox College has made the decision to teach the entirety of spring term remotely.
Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies
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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
Over the last few decades, the Arctic has been the region that has warmed most in the world, and data confirms that Arctic warming has caused changes to sea ice and snow cover. Scientists have warned that Arctic amplifications may lead to feedback effects that will cause further warming to the planet. The rapid and interactive change in Arctic climate, biology, and society prompt a number of research questions: how will these changes—from a potential rise in sea level to accessibility to resources that have until recently been hidden under ice—affect the rest of the globe? How are Arctic communities adjusting to these changes? What could we learn from their behavior? How do we develop solutions to the problems caused by climate change? In this SIT program, the major topics of study include:
Students will live with a host family in Isafjordur, the capital of the Westfjords region, for three weeks. Host families are usually close to the University Centre of the Westfjords, where classes are held. Isafjordur is a traditional fishing village of about 2,500 on a narrow spit of land in the fjord Skutulsfjordur, surrounded by mountains and the sea. The town has recently expanded into knowledge-based industries and nature-based tourism. Students will also visit Greenland for two weeks, staying in hostels during the their research excursion.
Students will pursue their own interests within the wide field of climate change, conducting an original research project with support from program faculty and partners in Iceland. Emphasis is placed on real-world relevance, interdisciplinary perspectives on climate change, and connecting with current research in Iceland. Working independently or in small groups, students will track climate change effects and/or design a method for protecting the Arctic climate, while also building collaborative partnerships with local scientific and indigenous communities to encourage innovation. Potential research topics include:
Learn more about the Iceland and Greenland: Climate Change and the Arctic program and other SIT programs
Credits: 4.5 Knox credits for the fall or spring semester
Advisor: Professor Katie Adelsberger
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