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The idea for this volume came from the meeting Iceland 2000 held at the University of Keele in April 2000. This meeting was the third in an occasional series where researchers interested in a range of environmental themes in Iceland had assembled and discussed current results and ideas in a very supportive and constructive atmosphere. The first of these was held in the University of Aberdeen in April 1989 with papers published as Environmental Change in Iceland: Past and Present, edited by Judith K.Maizels and Chris Caseldine (1991), and the second in the University of Munich in December 1991 published as Environmental Change in Iceland, edited by Johann Stötter and Friedrich Wilhelm (Münchener Geographische Abhandlungen Reihe B, Band 12, 1994). Rather than publish the research papers arising out of the Keele meeting it was felt that the time was right for a series of papers reviewing current research over a range of themes, incorporating very recent research and also pointing to future problems that require addressing. Thus following the meeting a series of scientists were approached to contribute, many of whom were at the meeting. Although it has not proved possible to cover every aspect of relevance to the theme given the incredible diversity of the Icelandic landscape and the need to publish within a reasonable timescale, the collection does span a wide range of the most important aspects of research in Iceland. Furthermore, it is the first volume to marry together research on current processes and past environments over such a range of topics, and as such we hope it will not prove the last such venture along this theme, and that areas not covered here may be covered in any future revisiting of the themes discussed here. With the accelerating pace of research activity and the constantly evolving nature of ideas about environmental issues one of the main benefits of producing such a volume is to provide a benchmark against which future research can be evaluated.
Editor(s): Caseldine CJ, Russell AJ, Knudsen Ó, Harðardóttir J
Series Editor(s): J. Rose
Publication type: Edited Book
Publication status: Published
Series Title: Elsevier Quaternary Book Series: Developments in Quaternary Science,5
Number of Pages: 409
Place Published: London
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