News

10-12 October 2017

First Finse (Norway) International Snow Workshop with Key note lecturers from Norway, Switzerland, USA and Iceland:

https://goo.gl/forms/j8BMoUAIQwhR45J42

4–8 September 2017

PhD candidate Yang Shu will present our newest results on "The value of Doppler LiDAR systems to monitor turbulence intensity during storm events in Iceland" at the EMS Annual Meeting 2017, Dublin, Ireland

http://www.ems2017.eu/

21 August 2017

Extracurricular Seminar on "Urban Floods" by Prof. Dr. Akira Kawamura (Tokyo Metropolitan University) - A joint research initiative between Tokyo Metropolitan University and Reykjavik University
https://www.ru.is/tvd/vidburdir/extracurricular-seminar-within-environmental-engineering

26 July 2017

Szent István University (Hungary) and Reykjavik University organize a joint initiative on circular economy, teaching future energy expert sustainable engineering:

http://egt-newenergy.szie.hu/summer-school-rejkjav%C3%ADk

17 July 2017

PhD candidate Yang Shu makes the headlines in the People's Daily, China's most popular newspaper:

http://paper.people.com.cn/rmrbhwb/html/2017-07/17/content_1791287.htm

5 May 2017

Presenting environmental models at the annual meeting of Samorka in Akureyri, Iceland

http://samorkuthing.is/fyrirlestrar/#davidc

29 April 2017

International Experiences of Renewable Energies Training Course at Szent István University, Hungary

http://egt-newenergy.szie.hu/international-experiences-of-renewable-energies?language=en

23-28 April 2017

We present at the EGU2017 in Vienna, Austria, our work on:

1) Hydro-meteorological risk reduction through land restoration in Rangárvellir, Iceland – an overview of the HydroResilience project; Fri, 28 Apr, 14:30–14:45, Room -2.21
http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2017/EGU2017-4889.pdf

Slides:

http://presentations.copernicus.org/EGU2017-4889_presentation.pdf
2) Incorporating geoethics into environmental engineering lectures – three years of experience from international students visiting Iceland; Wed, 26 Apr, 17:30–19:00, Hall X4

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2017/EGU2017-4876.pdf

Poster:

http://presentations.copernicus.org/EGU2017-4876_presentation.pdf

3) The value of Doppler LiDAR systems to monitor turbulence intensity during storm events in order to enhance aviation safety in Iceland; Thu, 27 Apr, 17:30–19:00, Hall X5
http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2017/EGU2017-5132.pdf
4) Managing ecological drought and flood within a nature-based approach. Reality or illusion? Fri, 28 Apr, 17:30–19:00, Hall X1
http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2017/EGU2017-6046.pdf
5) Iceland as a demonstrator for a transition to low carbon economy? Mon, 24 Apr, 17:30–19:00, Hall X5
http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2017/EGU2017-18339.pdf
6) Elements patterns of soil and river sediments as a tracer of sediment migration; Tue, 25 Apr, 08:38–08:40, PICO spot 5b
http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2017/EGU2017-422.pdf

3-4 April 2017

Join our environmental modeling workshop within the ESENIAS-Training course in Sofia, Bulgaria:

http://esenias.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=456&catid=52&Itemid=125

2 March 2017

Our snow hydrology workshop makes the headlines in the local newspaper:

http://www.mbl.is/frettir/innlent/2017/03/02/leita_ad_adferd_vid_ad_maela_snjo/

Snow hydrology workshop makes the headlines in mbl.is
Snow hydrology workshop makes the headlines in mbl.is

28 February - 2 March 2017

The Agricultural University of Iceland and Reykjavik University are organizing a joint snow hydrology workshop funded by the Cost Action ES1404:

http://costsnow.fmi.fi/index.php?page=28.02%20-%2002.03.2017,%20Reykjavik

7-9 February 2017
Presenting "The Value Of Satellite Retrieved Snow Cover Images To Assess Water Resources And The Hydropower Potentials Of Ungauged Mountain Areas" at the 8th EARSeL Workshop on on Land Ice and Snow in Bern, Switzerland
http://www.earsel.org/SIG/Snow-Ice/workshop/programme.php

15 December 2016

Students from the Environmental Impact Course will present their projects at Reykjavik University

http://www.ru.is/tvd/vidburdir/environmental-impact-course-final-presentations-1

6 October 2016

International conference: Minding the future. Bioeconomy in a changing Nordic reality, Reykjavik, Iceland. We will be discussing the importance of sustainable utilization of the living natural resources.

http://nordbio2016.yourhost.is/keynotes/

14-16 September 2016

We present our work on invasive species conducted within the ESENIAS Tools project at the NEOBIOTA 2016 - 9th International Conference on Biological Invasions, Vianden, Luxembourg.

http://www.neobiota2016.org/

31 August 2016

Invited talk at the Earth Environment Symposium at the Metropolitan University of Tokyo, Japan, on "Modelling Hydro-power Systems – case studies from Iceland and Switzerland":

http://committees.jsce.or.jp/global/node/45

Closing ceremony of the Earth Environment Symposium at the Metropolitan University of Tokyo, Japan
Closing ceremony of the Earth Environment Symposium at the Metropolitan University of Tokyo, Japan

30 August 2016

Join us for an open seminar at RU: Designing and implementing a low carbon economy - Aiming for carbon neutrality in 2050?

http://www.ru.is/tvd/vidburdir/designing-and-implementing-a-low-carbon-economy

22 - 26 August 2016

We present at the SER2016 meeting in Freising, Germany, our project on "Enhancing the resilience of water resources through land restoration in Rangárvellir, Iceland – an overview of the HydroResilience project"
http://www.ser2016.org/

30 May 2016

Lecture marathon at Reykjavik University, Iceland: Environmental engineering at RU - working towards a more resilient world:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyjNFpLG03c

1 May 2016

Land Degradation & Development (LDD; Impact Factor: 8.145) is now accepting abstract for a special issue on "Connectivity in hydrology and sediment dynamics" (deadline for abstracts: 1 June 2016; deadline for papers: 15 December 2016) - more information here:

https://gallery.mailchimp.com/26f15c20d1d501c6422fa7c20/files/SI_advertisement.pdf

17 - 22 April 2016

We present at the EGU2016 in Vienna, Austria, our work on:

1) Monitoring of the invasive diatom Didymosphenia geminata in the
subarctic and in alpine areas of southern Europe:

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/EGU2016-12208.pdf

2) Building up knowledge on resilience of fragile lands in subarctic climate:

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/EGU2016-12433.pdf

slides:

http://presentations.copernicus.org/EGU2016-12433_presentation.pdf

3) Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice, an ideal place to teach and study earth
sciences:

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/EGU2016-12309.pdf

--> Pictures from the poster presentation taken by Prof. Kawamura (Tokyo Metropolitan University): http://www.comp.tmu.ac.jp/akira/photos/20160419Iceland/catalog.html

4) Increasing the resilience of water and soil resources through successful
restoration of eroded landscapes

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/EGU2016-101.pdf

5) Better models are more effectively connected models

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/EGU2016-7720-1.pdf

31 March 2016

We present the metadatabase on land restoration in fragile lands in subarctic climate at the ES1104 meeting in London, UK (the talk starts at time 1:26:50):

http://gre.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=da5ef706-4921-4874-aa03-4ee09d2537f8

7 March 2016

Our study on Global perspectives on hydrology, society and
change is online:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02626667.2016.1159308

29 Feb - 4 Mar 2016

We present our metadatabase on land restoration in fragile lands in subarctic climate at the ES1306 meeting in Palermo, Italy:

http://connecteur.info/events/palermo/

link to the metadatabase:

http://rangarvellir.ru.is/

5 Nov 2015

Call for abstracts at EGU2016 in Vienna are open. Please take a look at the following sessions:

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/session/21276

and

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2016/session/20438

5 Nov - 7 Nov 2015

We present first results of our investigations on invasive species in Elliðaár River at the BioIce conference at University of Iceland:

http://esenias.org/files/News_18_IceBio2015_poster_VC_2015_11_04_final.pdf

Link to the conference:

http://biologia.is/liffraediradstefnan-2015/

1 Sep - 3 Sep 2015

23 senior scientist and experts from all over Europe come to Iceland to discuss Connectivity research. Thank you for your visit and contribution.

http://connecteur.info/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Finger_Connectivity-research-in-Rang%C3%A1rvellir.pdf

Announcement by the Action:

http://connecteur.info/events/iceland/

Cost Action ES1306 meeting in Gunnarsholt, Iceland
Cost Action ES1306 meeting in Gunnarsholt, Iceland

1 June 2015

PhD-position for a visionary and dynamic individual available: investigating the value of Lidar observations in assessing atmospheric turbulence (deadline 14 July)

http://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/jobDetails/34017735

http://en.ru.is/the-university/open-positions/

18 May 2015

We are looking for a young researcher interested in a summer job involving field work and database development: Database development in the River Elliðaár (deadline 14 June)

http://en.ru.is/the-university/open-positions/

12 - 17 April 2015

We present at the EGU2015 in Vienna, Austria, our work on:

1) Assessing the hydropower potential of ungauged watersheds in Iceland using hydrological modeling and satellite retrieved snow cover images
http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2015/EGU2015-2644.pdf

2) Impacts of Climate change on the watershed of the hydropower reservoir Gigerwaldsee using hydrological modeling (by S. Etter, former MSc student)

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2015/EGU2015-2961-1.pdf

Slides:

http://presentations.copernicus.org/EGU2015-2961_presentation.pdf

3) The dynamic and ever-changing volcanic nature of Iceland - An outdoor laboratory for education on natural processes and the human impacts on them (by Þ Petursdottir)

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2015/EGU2015-13895.pdf

4) Connectivity research in Iceland – using scientific tools to establish sustainable water management strategies

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2015/EGU2015-2639.pdf

Slides:

http://presentations.copernicus.org/EGU2015-2639_presentation.pdf

1 April 2015

Join our summer school in Iceland for an unforgettable experience of natural forces. Registration open now (deadline 17 June)!

26 March 2015

Join us for a workshop on "Observing and modelling Connectivity" in September 2015. Registration now open (deadline 1 May)!

http://connecteur.info/events/iceland/

24 February 2015

Our study on 'The value of multiple dataset calibration versus model complexity for improving the performance of hydrological models in mountain catchments' is now online:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/2014WR015712/abstract

23 February 2015

The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) and ProClim publish a strategy paper on climate adaptation activities. A valuable document summarizing important research activities in Switzerland.
http://proclimweb.scnat.ch/portal/ressources/3431.pdf

17 February 2015

Within the EU Cost Action ES1104 we can provide a funded STSM on database development for "land degradation and restoration" to a young researcher. Closing date for applications is 6 March 2015.

http://desertrestorationhub.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Iceland-STSM-proposal.pdf

16 December 2014

Students from the Environmental Impact Course will present their projects at Reykjavik University

http://www.ru.is/tvd/vidburdir/nr/31609

21/22 November 2014

Former MSc student S. Etter will present the results of his thesis "Impacts of climate change on the water availability for the hydropower reservoir Gigerwaldsee using hydrological modeling" at the 12th Swiss Geoscience Meeting in Fribourg, Switzerland

http://www.geoscience-meeting.scnatweb.ch/sgm2014/

9 September 2014

We present our work on "Using satellite snow cover images to enhance performance of snow, glacier and rain runoff projections for hydro power usages" at the International Circumpolar Remote Sensing Symposium in Reykjavík, Iceland.

http://alaska.usgs.gov/science/geography/CRSS2014/program.php

25 August 2014

We present our idea of water connectivity in Iceland at the Cost Action meeting in Wageningen, Netherlands

http://connecteur.info/wageningen-meeting/posters-wageningen-meeting/

24 June 2014

Our working group "Resilience-based management of natural resources: the fundamental role of water and soil in functional ecosystems" became official part of the IAHS Scientific Decade 2013-2022 "Panta Rhei – Everything Flows":
http://distart119.ing.unibo.it/pantarhei/

29 May 2014

We presented our work on "Using satellite snow cover images to enhance performance of snow, glacier and rain runoff projections for hydro power usages" at a HEPEX Webinar:
http://hepex.irstea.fr/16th-hepex-webinar/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iMMoebtk70o

27 April - 2 May 2014

We present at the EGU2014 our work on:

1) The value of data availability and model complexity to improve hydrological modelling:

abstract: http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2014

slides: http://presentations.copernicus.org/EGU2014-1122_presentation.pdf
2) Effective Ecological Restoration of Collapsed Ecosystems - Linking Soil, Water and Society

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2014/EGU2014-14744.pdf

9 April 2014

Together with Halldór Björnsson we presented an overview of climate change and its impact on water resources in mountain areas at the Land Restoration Training Program of the United Nation University, Iceland.

http://www.unulrt.is/

15/16 November 2013

We will present our study on the effects of Swiss water protection laws on primary productivity in Swiss lakes at the Swiss Geoscience meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Furthermore, we will also present comparisons of snow- glacier and rain water estimates in mountain streams using hydrological models with different complexity.

http://www.geoscience-meeting.scnatweb.ch/sgm2013/

August/September 2013

Together with M. Eugster we held a three day GLOBE training course on glacier hydrology, including field investigations on Sardona Glacier, Switzerland.

http://www.globe-swiss.ch/de/Uber_GLOBE/Ausbildung/

20. August 2013

Our article on present and future water resources in the surroundings of the Glacier de la Plaine Morte in Switzerland, went online today:
http://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/17/3261/2013/hess-17-3261-2013.html

5. August 2013

Our article quantifying the effects of oligotrophication on primary production is available online:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wrcr.20355/abstract

12. June 2013

Together with Austrian and Swiss partners we organized a session on"Water balance and climate change in mountain regions" at the Swiss-Austrian Mounatin Days in Mittersill, Austria:

http://www.chat-mountainalliance.eu/en/

10. April 2013

We presented our vision on "Preserving and maintaining vital Ecosystem Services: the importance of linking knowledge from Geosciences and social-ecological System analysis" at the EGU2013 meeting in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria.

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2013/orals/11758

23. March 2013

The bernese newspaper reports on our article about tracer experiments on the Plaine Morte Glacier:

http://www.bernerzeitung.ch/region/thun/Das-Wasser-laeuft-vorwiegend-in-das-Oberland-ab-aber----/story/15361997

Celebrating the headlines of our experiment with a local beer, bernese Oberland, Switzerland
Celebrating the headlines of our experiment with a local beer, bernese Oberland, Switzerland

6. March 2013

Our study on tracer experiments to identify glacier melt flow path ways in the Swiss Alps was published today in HESSD:

http://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci-discuss.net/10/2743/2013/hessd-10-2743-2013.html

4. March 2013

Today is my first working day at the Department of Geography of the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

20. February 2013

Presenting climate change impacts on water resources in mountain regions at the Soil Conservation Services of Iceland:

http://www.land.is/vidhburdhir/fraedhslufundir-2012-2013?layout=edit&id=169

1. January 2013

I am heading for a sabbatical to the 'Soil Conservation Service of Iceland' - Landgræðsla ríkisins - in Gunnarsholti, Iceland

29. October 2012
We present at the International Rhine Conference in Kleve, Germany, the results of our studies on"impacts of climate change on water resources in Switzerland and its implication for the Rhine river".

http://www.gelderland.nl/eCache/DEF/23168

 

Impacts of climate change on water resources
Summary of the presentation
Finger_2012_International Rhine Conferen
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10. September 2012

The Swiss National Council and the Council of States reject calls for artificial lake fertilization referring to the results of our study:

http://www.parlament.ch/ab/frameset/d/s/4905/386647/d_s_4905_386647_386669.htm

 

9. August 2012

The main Newspapers from Bern (Berner Zeitung), Zurich (Tagesanzeiger) and Basel (Basler Zeitung) report live from our second tracer experiment on the Plaine Morte Glacier:

Berner Zeitung:

http://www.bernerzeitung.ch/region/thun/Das-Gletscherwasser-fliesst-wieder-farbig/story/17001694

Tagesanzeiger:

http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/wissen/natur/Das-Gletscherwasser-fliesst-wieder-farbig/story/10529798

Basler Zeitung:

http://bazonline.ch/wissen/natur/Das-Gletscherwasser-fliesst-wieder-farbig/story/10529798

 

5. July 2012

Presenting "Future water resources and hydropower production" within the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) Network:
 SDC Network - Climate Change & Environment


29. June 2012

The Bernese newspaper reports on the results of our tracer experiment

http://www.bernerzeitung.ch/region/thun/Das-GletscherSchmelzwasser-fliesst--vor-allem-ins-Oberland/story/30996629

 

June 2012

"Wasser Energie Luft" prints our joint report (hydropower company/academics collaboration) on effects of climate change on hydropower production (in German):

Finger and Sarbach (2012) Die Zukunft der Wasserkraft im Vispertal
Finger 2012 Weitreichende Auswirkungen d
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28. June 2012

We presented our study (in preparation) about "Effects of re-oligotrophication on primary production in perialpine lakes" at the SIL-Austria meeting in Krumpendorf near Klagenfurt, Austria:

http://www.kis.ktn.gv.at/259124_DE-SIL_SILMAS-Conference_Contributions

 

29. May 2012

The University of Bern organized a science slam event. See the contribution about "Is climate research a game of dice?"

https://cast.switch.ch/vod/clips/kdz2jihcj/flash.html

 

8. April 2012

The Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung publishes a report on our hydro-power study

http://www.nzz.ch/nachrichten/hintergrund/wissenschaft/wasserkraft-in-den-bergen-wird-massiv-abnehmen_1.16334488.html

 

23. March 2012

We present our study (in preparation) about present and future water flow ways in the surroundings of the Glacier de la Plaine Morte (in German) at the "Tag der Hydrologie" in Freiburg, Germany

Finger et al. (2012) Bestimmung von Abflusswegen des Gletscherwassers in einer karstischen Umgebung
TdH_2012_Tracerversuch_120305_V6.pdf
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29. February 2012

Our work on the value of satellite images to improve hydrological modelling is presented in the "Colloquium in Climatology, Climate Impact and Remote Sensing"

http://events.scnat.ch/proclim/index_de.php?id=16800

 

16. February 2012

Swiss national television reports a second time on results from the tracer experiment on the Plaine Morte Glacier

http://www.videoportal.sf.tv/video?id=f2fadb78-7405-40ce-ae4b-dbd5f9712974

The same emission reported also on artificial fertilization of Lake Brienz.

http://www.videoportal.sf.tv/video?id=0b701986-b012-4137-b56d-72fa9d37fc7a

 

2. February 2012

The Bernese newspaper Der Bund reports on fishing yields in Lake Brien.

http://www.derbund.ch/bern/kanton/Kraftwerke-trueben-den-Brienzersee-im-Winter/story/21390377?track

 

5. January 2012

Our study on the future of hydro-power in Vispa valley in southern Switzerland is online:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2011WR010733/abstract

The study even made it to the title page of WRR:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/store/10.1002/%28ISSN%291944-7973/asset/homepages/WRv48n2cvr.pdf?v=1&s=8e2594acc78feb2c67c98d5d6ca1492d1fd53f63&isAguDoi=true

 

21. December 2011

The Swiss federal council comments on demands for artificial fertilization of Lake Brienz located in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland.

http://www.parlament.ch/d/suche/seiten/geschaefte.aspx?gesch_id=20114091

 

11. - 13. November 2011

We present the results of the tracer experiment on the Plaine Morte Glacier at the 9th Swiss Geoscience Meeting in Zurich, Switzerland (see talk 8.4)

http://geoscience-meeting.scnatweb.ch/sgm2011/abstracts_2011/SGM_2011_Symposium_08.pdf

 

8. September 2011

Caving News reports on our tracer experiment on the Plaine Morte Glacier

http://cavingnews.com/20110908-new-study-of-switzerlands-plaine-morte-glacier

 

3. September 2011

The Bernese newspaper Berner Oberländler reports on our tracer experiment on the Plaine Morte Glacier.

http://bo.bernerzeitung.ch/region/Erkenntnisse-ueberraschen-die--Wissenschaftler-/story/24911720

 

1. September 2011

Swiss national television reports on our tracer experiment on the Plaine Morte Glacier.

http://www.videoportal.sf.tv/video?id=8b441b32-ce13-4496-975b-1a204dc20bd7

 

12. July 2011

Our study about calibration of hydrological models with satellite snow cover images is online:

http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2011/2010WR009824.shtml

 

1. July - 30. July 2011

The NGO ICIMOD in Nepal invites us to set up a joint research project proposal. The SAFE-KOSHI idea (Strategies to adapt to climate change impacts on freshwater ecosystem services in representative vulnerable small scale watersheds in the Koshi river basin) is initiated and a joint project proposal is elaborated.

 

Swissaid add: Water - the eminent resource for enhanced livelihood worldwide, Bern, Switzerland
Swissaid add: Water - the eminent resource for enhanced livelihood worldwide, Bern, Switzerland

2. May 2011

Today is my first working day at the Institute of Geography of the University of Berne, Switzerland. Within this position I will investigate interdisciplinary environmental issues using various modeling concepts. Feel free to contact me for further information.

 

7. April 2011

We present our study about "Comparison of current and future effects of hydropower operations and climatic forcing on runoff in alpine streams" at the European Geoscience Union in Vienna

http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2011/EGU2011-3625-1.pdf

 

28. November 2010

After two exciting years of investigating how to calibrate distributed, physically based hydrological models, I am looking for new challenges. In particular I am interested in resolving applied limnological and hydrological problems.

 

8 - 12 March 2010

ICIMOD and ETHZ are hosting a joint workshop on "Snow and Glacier Melt Runoff Modelling in the Indus Basin" with expert from Pakistan and Afghanistan. http://www.icimod.org/?q=651

29. September 2008

I decided to go online. Here is a first version of my new homepage. But most parts are still under construction. Thanks for your visit anyway.

 

David