Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

individual

Authors' Class Standing

Katalina Montalvo, Senior

Lead Presenter's Name

Katalina Montalvo

Faculty Mentor Name

Wes Lewis & Dr. Kelly George

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to identify Icelanders perception of environmental impact on wildlife caused by global warming. Evidence of climate change can be observed throughout the country. This project reviews the effects of climate in Iceland, the damage the increase in temperature is causing to its fragile ecosystem, and Icelanders account of this change. Results indicate that native Icelanders differ in their perspectives of global warming based on generation. The people of Iceland adapt to changes in weather and its follow-on effect easily as almost an inherent part of their culture. However, the sense of urgency over possible changes in the Gulf Stream and acidification of waters is increasing in their psyche. The future is still unknown for Iceland.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes, Spark Grant

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Iceland: The Heat of Change

The purpose of this research is to identify Icelanders perception of environmental impact on wildlife caused by global warming. Evidence of climate change can be observed throughout the country. This project reviews the effects of climate in Iceland, the damage the increase in temperature is causing to its fragile ecosystem, and Icelanders account of this change. Results indicate that native Icelanders differ in their perspectives of global warming based on generation. The people of Iceland adapt to changes in weather and its follow-on effect easily as almost an inherent part of their culture. However, the sense of urgency over possible changes in the Gulf Stream and acidification of waters is increasing in their psyche. The future is still unknown for Iceland.

 

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