Investigations of the Long Term Sustainability of Human Ecodynamic Systems in Northern Iceland (MYCHANGE)


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Title:Investigations of the Long Term Sustainability of Human Ecodynamic Systems in Northern Iceland (MYCHANGE)
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Abstract:This international, cross-disciplinary NSF-funded project focuses on change, the environment, and sustainability in Iceland during the period ca. AD 1700 to 1950. A major aim of the project is to establish developments in human and social ecodynamics by considering one specific region – the Mývatn district in northeastern Iceland. The written record of subsistence and economy in Iceland is extensive, and includes detailed historical and literary accounts produced by individuals at different scales from the personal, such as diaries and letters, to the official, including documents from governmental and municipal archives. The “MYCHANGE” project has a particular focus on such documentary evidence and written accounts of daily activities include: haymaking; herding animals; subsistence; and trade, and provide a rich source of different perspectives on how people experienced, structured, and made use of their environment. The project encompasses a number of disciplines including historical ecology, environmental history, and literary studies, and includes considerable input from archaeology, in particular zooarchaeology. The project time frame begins ca. 1700 as from that time onwards the documentary evidence is extensive, and extends to ca. 1950. After that time numerous changes occurred that are beyond the scope of this exploratory project.

In order to establish a synthetic view of the vulnerabilities and strengths that formed past subsistence modes the project places primary emphasis on one specific yet crucial aspect of the economy: the productivity of the grass growth and hay yield. The main elements considered are: haymaking; grassland management; and their inter-connections with climatic, environmental, and socioeconomic aspects.

The project team members are: Astrid Ogilvie, Árni Daniel Júlíusson, Megan Hicks, Viđar Hreinsson and Ragnhildur Sigurđardóttir.

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Keywords:Mývatn, Iceland, hay, grazing, fodder, climate, ecodynamics, economy, resiliance, sustainability,
Sponsors/Funders: NSF E.A.G.E.R.
INSTAAR
Reykjavík Academy
Hunter College CUNY
Country:Iceland
Region:Mývatn
Project Start Year:2014
Projected End Year:2016

Account Owner

Contact: Megan Hicks
Postal Address: Hunter College Anthropology,695 Park Ave, NYC NY
Post Code: 10065
Telephone: 9177444795
Email: meganthicks@gmail.com

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Project extent

North East Coordinates: 65.705°N, 16.739°W
South West Coordinates: 65.351°N, 17.251°W