ICC 2018




The International Carbon Conference -
a network conference in Iceland,
September 10-14 2018. 

The International Carbon Conference will be held in Reykjavík, Iceland from September 10-14 2018. The conference is a joint outreach meeting between five networks:

September 10th - 11th are individual network meetings by invitation only as well as the field trip 13th - 14th. The outreach conference and poster session on September 12th is open to the public. For more information, please contact us.

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ICC Program

PDF iconICC18_Preliminary_Program.pdf

Network Meetings

Network meetings will be held at the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel on 10th and 11th of September.

The meetings are scheduled accordingly:

  • Monday September 10th
    • S4CE - 8:30-17:00
    • DCO - 12:00-17:00
  • Tuesday September 11th
    • S4CE - 8:30-17:00
    • DCO - 8:30-17:00
    • CarbFix - 8:30-17:00
    • Metal-Aid - 8:30-17:00


Icebreaker for networks and invited guests will be held at Hellisheidi power plant on Tuesday 11th of september.

Buses will leave from University of Iceland after the Networks meetings.

On our way to Hellisheidi we will do a short sighseeing around the Hellisheidi geothermal area and the CarbFix injection site.

ICC outreach conference

The ICC outreach conference will be open to the public and will commence on September 12th in the Main Building at the University of Iceland.

The conference will feature a series of high profile speakers (see below). These talks are 35 minutes long and will be followed by a poster session where representatives from all the networks will present their research to date. This will be a wonderful opportunity to profile these publicly funded networks and to showcase cutting edge research in Europe and the USA. Extended abstracts from the meeting will be published in Energy Procedia before the meeting. The event will be covered by local and international press.


  • Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources in Iceland will open the conference.
  • Overview of networks:
    • Adrian Jones - University College London, UK. Introducing the Deep Carbon Observatory.
    • Alberto Striolo - University College London, UK. Introducing S4CE.
    • David Goldberg - Columbia University, USA. Introducing CarbonSAFE Cascadia.
    • Dominique Tobler - University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Introducing Metal-Aid.
  • Invited speakers
    • Halldór Thorgeirsson - Chair, Iceland’s Climate Council. The pathway towards a global balance between emissions and removals in the context of the paradigm of the Paris Agreement.
    • Bernard Marty - Université de Lorraine CRPG-CNRS, France. Origin and distribution of carbon on Earth.
    • Daniel Rothman - MIT, USA. Thresholds of Catastrophe in the Earth System.
    • Edda Sif P. Aradóttir - Reykjavík Energy, Iceland. Carbon capture and mineral storage in basalt: The CarbFix story.
    • Liane G. Benning - GFZ Potsdam, Germany. Carbon in the Arctic and the Antarctic.
    • Peter Kelemen - Columbia University, USA. Carbon in the crust.
    • Phil Ringrose - Statoil, NTNU Norway. The CCS hub in Norway: some insights from 22 years of saline aquifer storage.


Field Trip

PDF iconICC18_FieldTrip_Preliminary_Program.pdf


Please be aware that the schedule is subject to change and some of the trips might be altered due to unforeseen events.

The short version for the planned trip is to leave early morning on September 13th. The bus leaves from the University of Iceland, Askja, and drives to Básar, Thórsmörk. After lunch, various hikes will be offered. In the evening there will be BBQ and entertainment. We will spend the night in Thórsmörk

Early morning of September 14th we will leave Básar and head for Landeyjahöfn harbor, from there we will take a 35min ferry trip to the Westman Islands. We will do a field trip around the island, have lunch, go to a volcanic museum (Pompeii of the North) and have a light dinner before heading back to Reykjavík. Estimated arrival time in Reykjavík is around 22:00.

Thursday 13th of September

  • 8:30 Departure from University of Iceland - Askja
  • On our way to Thórsmörk we will stop at Seljalandsfoss (waterfall) and Gígjökull (glacier)
  • Participants can choose between three types of hikes 
  • 20:00 Barbeque and various entertainment


Friday 14th of September

  • 7:00 Breakfast
  • 9:45 Ferry to the Westman Islands
  • Sightseeing around the island
  • Eldheimar museum (Pompeii of the North)
  • 22:00 Estimated arrival in Reykjavík


Equipment list


Please bring your luggage for the field trip in two smaller bags since there isn’t enough space to store regular suitcases for about 100 people in the hut. One can be left in Reykjavík and stored in a storage room at the University during the field trip. Travel sacks/duffel bags are preferred for the field trip. Laptops should preferably be left in Reykjavík.

Clothing and gear

  • Hiking boots – Good sturdy boots with a robust sole. Preferably waterproof.
  • Rain and windproof outer wear (jacket and trousers) - Preferably breathable fabric such as Gore Tex or similar.
  • Warm mid layer - Fleece jacket/wool jumper/primaloft or similar
  • Wool and fleece for inner wear - Long sleeve top and long johns. Thermal underwear made of wool or synthetics. NO COTTON, silk is OK.
  • Gloves and/or mittens
  • Warm hat - Wool or synthetics.
  • Thick socks, several pairs – For hiking, as well as comfy socks for the evening in the hut.
  • Slippers - For the hut (optional).
  • Sleeping bag, essential - Light sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating will be sufficient and a travel pillow (optional).
  • Small backpack - For food, drinks and personal belongings for the daytrip.
  • Flash light/head light
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Cash for the optional shower - Gas heated shower 400 ISK, bring coins for the automat
  • Ear plugs (optional but could come in handy when sleeping in a room with several others).
  • Hiking poles (optional)
  • Sea sickness medication – (optional), for the 35min boat trip to the Westman Islands


Field Course

A short field course will be held for the students participating in the International Carbon Conference, Reykjavík Iceland. The main emphasis will be on sampling of natural fluids.

The field course will take place on Tuesday the 11th of September. A detailed plan will be available in the weeks before the conference. The field course will take place in the vicinity of the geothermal area in Hellisheidi and a preliminary program for the course includes:

  1. Measurements of diffuse CO2 flux.
  2. Sampling of surface geothermal fluids including hot springs, mud pots and fumaroles.
  3. Sampling of high temperature (>200°C) geothermal well fluids consisting of steam and water.

The purpose and learning outcomes aim to provide insight and basic understanding in sampling low temperature, high temperature and surface geothermal well fluids.

Equipment list:

  • Hiking boots
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm clothes (preferably wool/fleece, no cotton or jeans)
  • Warm socks, hat, gloves
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Extra clothes for Icebreaker

Note: The weather in Iceland is very unpredictable and can be anything from 0 to 15°C. It is often windy and sometimes rainy. We will go sampling regardless of the weather. Remember that we are located 64°N. Be conservative when packing for the field course since space will be limited in the cars. Use a backpack - not a suitcase.


Event at a Glance

Agenda for the meeting at glance is:

Monday September 10th

  • Network meetings for S4CE and DCO


Tuesday September 11th

  • Network meetings for all networks (S4CE, DCO, CarbFix and Metal-Aid)
  • Student Training Course at Hellisheidi geothermal area for network fellows
  • Icebreaker at Hellisheidi geothermal power plant in the evening


Wednesday September 12th

  • The International Carbon Conference
  • Invited talks
  • Poster session
  • Conference dinner


Thursday September 13th

  • Field trip to S-Iceland departing early Thursday morning.
    • Seljalandsfoss (waterfall)
    • Gígjökull (glacier)
    • Þórsmörk (Thorsmork)
  • Overnight stay in Thorsmork


Friday September 14th

  • Early Friday morning we will take the ferry to Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) where guests will learn about the towns volcanic history.
  • Arrival back to Reykjavík late Friday evening