MYBIT is an ongoing research programme concerning sustainability and the interactions between humans and the natural world in the Lake Mývatn district. A focal point of the research involves questions regarding the success and failure of vital resources. During the four years that the research has been ongoing it has challenged many of the traditionally-held views of the interaction between people and the environment. A paradox has emerged. This paradox consists in that, although this district is the highest in elevation of all continuous settlements in Iceland, at 300 meters above sea level in the northeast of the country, and close to the Arctic Circle, its inhabitants showed surprising resilience during frequent famines that ravaged other parts of Iceland.
The following grants have supported the project:
2014. National Science Foundation (USA). Award 1446308. Investigations of the Long- Term Sustainability of Human Ecodynamic Systems in Northern Iceland (MYCHANGE). PI: A.E.J. Ogilvie. Co-PIs: Ragnhildur Sigurðardóttir, Árni Daníel Júlíusson, Viðar Hreinsson, Megan Hicks. 1 August 2014-31 July 2016.
2016. RANNÍS. Award. 163133-051 (The Icelandic Centre for Research.) The Mývatn District of Iceland: Sustainability, Environment and Change ca. AD 1700 to 1950 (MYSEAC). PI: Árni Daníel Júlíusson. Co-PIs: Ragnhildur Sigurðardóttir; Viðar Hreinsson; Megan Hicks and A.E.J. Ogilvie. 1 June 2016-31 May 2019.
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