Freysteinn Sigmundsson - Curriculum Vitae#


Studies of volcanism, magmatic and tectonic processes, plate spreading, earthquakes, and glacioisostasy, including the response of the Earth to present day retreat of Icelandic ice caps. Application of Global Positioning System (GPS) geodesy and interferometric analysis of synthetic aperture radar images (InSAR) to map deformation and study geological processes, using opportunities provided by the Iceland natural laboratory. Interest and research work is reflected by the titles of publications. Actively involved in international collaborative research on volcanism and crustal deformation. Point of contact for the Icelandic volcanoes permanent geohazard supersite (under the GEO Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories (GSNL) initiative, with support from CEOS, the Committee on Earth Observation Satellites. Coordinator of project FUTUREVOLC (A European volcanological supersite in Iceland: a monitoring system and network for the future) 2012-2016

  • 1985-1988: University of Iceland, BS degree 1988, Geophysics
  • 1988-1989: University of Colorado at Boulder, USA
  • 1989-1990: University of Iceland, M.Sc. degree 1990, Geophysics
  • 1990-1992: University of Colorado, Ph.D. degree 1992, Geophysics

  • VOLCANO ANATOMY, grant of excellence project funded by the Icelandic Research Fund, 2011-2014. Total ISK 74.7 million ISK (about 503 thousand EUR). PI.
  • FUTUREVOLC, a 26-partner project funded by FP7 Environment Programme of the European Commission, addressing topic “Long-term monitoring experiment in geologically active regions of Europe prone to natural hazards: the Supersite concept”. The project started 1 October 2012 and had duration of 3.5 years. The supersite concept implies integration of space and ground based observations for improved monitoring and evaluation of volcanic hazards, and open data policy. The project was led by University of Iceland together with the Icelandic Meteorological Office. Total 5,99 million euros to the 26 partners. PI.

  • 2006 George P. L. Walker symposium on Advances in Volcanology, International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s interior (IAVCEI), member of the organizing committee.
  • 2007 Nordvulk summer school in volcanology, held by University of Iceland, United States Geological Survey, University of Oslo and Pennsylvania State. Chairman of the organizing committee.
  • 2008 Nordic Geological Winter Meeting (28th), Denmark. Member of a scientific committee.
  • 2008 UNAVCO (consortium for geosciences research and education using geodesy) Science workshop. Member of the organizing committee.
  • 2008 International Geological Congress (33rd IGC), Oslo, member of science committee.
  • 2008 IAVCEI General Assembly, Iceland. Member of the local organizing committee.
  • 2009 International conference on earthquakes and pre-earthquake processes (led by the Icelandic Met. Office), Reykjavík, 30 October. Member of a local organizing committee.
  • 2010 Nordvulk international summer school in volcanology, on magmatic plumbing systems and intrusions. Chairman of the organizing committee.
  • 2014 NEMOH (Initial Training Network in volcanology under the EC FP7) summer school on volcano deformation and magmatic processes (lead organizer)
  • 2017 Nordvulk summer school on magmatic plumbing systems, member of organizing committee
  • 2017 IAVCEI Scientific Assembly (member of the Scientific Programming Committee)
  • Convenor of many special sessions at international geoscience meetings, most recently at European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna in 2014 and 2015.

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