Curriculum Vitae
Freysteinn Sigmundsson

Born 22 July 1966 in Iceland.  

Areas of work

Studies of volcanism, magmatic and tectonic processes, glacio-isostasy, plate spreading and earthquakes. 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. Ongoing major projects:
Coordinator of project FUTUREVOLC (A European volcanological supersite in Iceland: a monitoring system and network for the future):
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:

Supervisor for graduate students at the University of Iceland and research fellows at the Nordic Volcanological Center. Co-advisor for graduate students at other universities.

Advisor for the Icelandic Civil protection authorities since 1994, member of a scientific panel.

In organizing committee for numerous international summer schools in geoscience in Iceland, including NEMOH Field School, 22-29 August 2014, on Volcano Deformation and Magmatic Processes.

Google scholar profile

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

M.Sc. thesis entitled “Viscosity of the Earth beneath Iceland, comparison of model calculations with geological data (in Icelandic with English abstract)” evaluates rheology of crust and mantle under Iceland utilizing geological observations of post-glacial rebound.

Ph.D. thesis entitled “Crustal Deformation Studies in Sub-aerial Parts of the World Oceanic Rift System: Iceland and Afar” is based on application of the Global Positioning System geodetic measurements to study deformation associated with the Hekla 1991 eruption in Iceland, the study of glacio-isostatic crustal movements caused by historical volume change of the Vatnajökull ice cap, and a study of the tectonic implications of the 1989 Afar earthquake sequence in Ethiopia

Professional positions

Since July 1, 2004:
Research professor at the Nordic Volcanological Centre, Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland.

1999 – June 31, 2004:
Nordic Volcanological Institute, director.
Nordic Volcanological Institute, research geophysicist.
University of Colorado, research assistant.
University of Iceland, research assistant. Research on post-glacial rebound, GPS, and crust/mantle structure in Iceland.
University of Colorado, research assistant. Deformation monitoring of the Long Valley Caldera using long-basline water-tube tiltmeter, and research on application of the Global Positioning System (GPS) for tectonic studies.
Summer jobs 1986-1988:
National Energy Authority Iceland, research assistant. Geophysical prospecting of geothermal fields.

Professional memberships

American Geophysical Union
European Geosciences Union
Geoscience Society of Iceland
Iceland Glaciological Society

May 2005:  Hvatningarverðlaun Vísinda- og tækniráðs (Iceland’s Science and
Tehcnology Council award for excellence in science at early age).