Student Authors

Heather A. Ipsen '16, Gettysburg College

Rachael E. Grube '16, Gettysburg College

Jessica Lee '13, Gettysburg College

Document Type

Conference Material

Publication Date


Department 1

Environmental Studies


Cirques are one of the most common glacial landforms in alpine settings. They also provide important paleoclimate information (e.g. Meierding 1984; Evans 2006). The purpose of this study is to fill in gaps in the climate record of Iceland by conducting a quantitative analysis of cirques in three regions in Iceland: Tröllaskagi, the East Fjords, and Vestfirðir. Iceland, located in the center of the North Atlantic Ocean, contains many small glaciers, in addition to large ice caps. The glaciers on Iceland are particularly sensitive to variations in oceanic and atmospheric circulation (Andresen et al. 2005; Geirsdóttir et al., 2009; Ólafsdóttir et al. 2010). Iceland thus provides an excellent case study to examine factors influencing glacial landforms such as cirques. (excerpt)


This abstract was presented at the 47th International Arctic Workshop in Buffalo, NY, March 23-25 2017.