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Hofsjökull / 2015
'Trivet' based on the mathematical model of Hofsjökull. 
Years, 2014 ∼ 2150 ∼ 2200 ∼ 2250 ∼ 2300 

Excerpt from the Publication HH 

    A collaboration with a scientist at the Nordic project Climate and Energy (CE). This project has visualised the database scientists have researched by translating the information and making it accessible to the public.

The Trivet reflects on the results from a mathematical model of Hofsjökull which is Iceland‘s third-largest glacier, close to 1,800 meters (5,900 feet) high. The contour lines of the trivet show the transformation of the glacier until the year 2300. Assuming that air temperatures continue to rise at a rate of 3°C every 100 years. When the trivet is dismantled, it demonstrates the area of the glacier that will be lost during each period. Showing the threat and the forceful change of climate change.

“The Earth’s atmosphere works more or less in the same way as the glass in a greenhouse. The visible rays from the Sun easily slip through it, but the atmosphere absorbs part of the thermal radiation from the surface of Earth. This impact of the atmosphere on Earth’s heat and climate is called “the greenhouse effect”. The mean surface temperature of the Earth would be approximately -18°C instead of the current +15°C without the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect therefore allows life on Earth as we know it. Since the industrial revolution, however, mankind has added greenhouse gases to the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, as well as changing land use.
The concentration of CO2 (carbon dioxide) in the atmosphere is now higher than it has been during the last 800,000 years. The increased greenhouse effect has made the atmosphere warmer; an additional effect is acidification of the oceans. Rising air temperatures are causing glaciers all over the world to melt and retreat, which in turn leads to rising sea levels that pose serious problems for human habitation in many coastal areas. Landscapes are disappearing and changes in surface runoff are affecting our rivers. This development is expected to continue over the next decades and centuries as we continue to release greenhouse gases.”

The outlines mark the years     2014    2150    2200    2250    2300.

Concept, Design;
Anna Diljá Sigurðardóttir 

The Institute of Earth Sciences
Dr. Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir
Dr. Sigurður Reynir Gíslason
The Icelandic Meteorological Office
Dr. Tómas Jóhannesson

3D model, Aerial photographs;
University of Iceland‘s Institute of Earth Sciences
The Icelandic Meteorological Office

Funded by
Nordic Energy Research
the Nordic Council of ministers