Home
General information
Geology
Colonists in the littoral and sublittoral zones
Colonization of the land
Photos and maps
Publications and references
Links

 

Articles & Books
Surtsey Reports
Films

 

PUBLICATIONS AND REFERENCES

References on Surtsey

There has always been great interest in Surtsey, and numerous articles have been written about it. In the field of geological sciences, a total of 288 papers and books on the Surtsey eruption and Surtsey in the period 1963-1990 have been written in 11 different languages. The number of articles on the biology of the island is most likely similar.

The following is a list of some of the principal writings on Surtsey in various fields of the natural sciences. One section is dedicated to the publications of the Surtsey Research Society and includes a summary of the contents of each of their editions. Surtsey-related videos that are for sale can be found under the heading entitled “films.”

The Surtsey Nature Reserve has been inscribed to the World Heritage List of UNESCO. The Icelandic Institute of Natural History has compiled a nomination document with the assistance and advice of many people and institutions. The complete document is available here (pdf - 10,5 Mb)

A bibliography of close to 500 scientific publications relevant to Surtsey (1963–2006) was also compiled by the Icelandic Institute of Natural History for the same occation. The bibliography can be downloaded here.

 

Articles and Books

  • Aðalsteinn Sigurðsson 1968: The coastal invertebrate fauna of Surtsey and Vestmannaeyjar. Surtsey Res. Progr. Rep. 4, 95-107.
  • Borgþór Magnússon 1992. Soil respiration the volcanic island Surtsey, Iceland in 1987 in relation to vegetation. Surtsey Res. Progr. Rep. 8, 9-16.
  • Borgþór Magnússon, Sigurður H. Magnússon & Jón Guðmundsson 1996. Vegetation succession on the volcanic island Surtsey. Icel. Agr. Sci. 10, 253-272. (In Icelandic with an English Summary)
  • Borgþór Magnússon og Sigurður H. Magnússon, 2000. Vegetation succession on Surtsey, Iceland, during 1990 - 1998 under the influence of breeding gulls. Surtsey Research 11: 9 - 20.
  • Borgþór Magnússon og Erling Ólafsson, 2003. Fuglar og framvinda í Surtsey. Ársrit Fuglaverndar 2003. Fuglaverndarfélags Íslands 1963 - 2003, 22 - 29. (in Icelandic)
  • Erling Ólafsson 1978: The development of the land-arthropod fauna on Surtsey, Iceland, during 1971-1976, with notes on terrestrial Oligochaeta. Surtsey Res. Progr. Rep. 8, 41-46.
  • Erlingur Hauksson 1992: Observation on seals on Surtsey in the period 1980-1989. Surtsey Res. Progr. Rep. 10, 31-32.
  • Erlingur Hauksson 1992: Studies of the subtidal fauna of Surtsey in 1980 to 1987 and changes in subtidal fauna from 1964 to 1987. Surtsey Res. Progr. Rep. 10, 33-42.
  • Eyþór Einarsson 1973: Invasion of terrestrial plants on the new volcanic island Surtsey. In: Ecology and Reclamation of Devastated Land. Int. Symp., Paper III-1, p. 253-270.
  • Finnur Guðmundsson 1970: Bird migration studies on Surtsey in the spring of 1968. Surtsey Res. Progr. Rep. 5, 30-39.
  • Garvin, J. B., R. S. Williams jr. J. J. Frawley & W. B. Krabill 2000. Volumetric evolution of Surtsey, Iceland, from topographic maps and scanning airborne laser altimetry, Surtsey Research 11,127-134.
  • Guðmundur Kjartansson 1966: Stapakenningin og Surtsey. Náttúrufr. 36, 1-34. (in Icelandic)
  • Guðmundur E. Sigvaldason 1965: Surtsey in colour. Myndabókaútgáfan. Reykjavík, p. 16.
  • Guðmundur E. Sigvaldason & Gunnlaugur Elísson 1968: Collection and analysis of volcanic gases at Surtsey, Iceland. Geochim. Cosmochim. Acta 32, 797-805.
  • Hörður Kristinsson 1974: Lichen colonization in Surtsey 1971-73. Surtsey Res. Progr. Rep. 7, 9-16.
  • Lindroth, C., H.N. Anderson, Högni Böðvarsson & Sigurður H. Richter 1973: Surtsey, Iceland. Supplementum, 5. Entemologica Scand, Munksgaard, Copenhagen, 280.
  • Norrman, J.O. 1985: Stages of coastal development in Surtsey island, Iceland. In: Guttormur Sigbjarnarson (ed.), Iceland Coastal and River Symposium, Proceedings, 33-40.
  • Norrman, J.O. & U. Erlingsson 1992: The submarine morphology of Surtsey volcanic group. Surtsey Res. Progr. Rep. 10, 45-56.
  • Moore, J. G. Sveinn P. Jakobsson & Jósef Hólmjárn 1992. Subsidence of Surtsey volcano. Bull. Volcanol. 55, 17-24.
  • Sigurður Jónsson, Karl Gunnarsson & J.-P. Briane, 1987: Évolution de la nouvelle flore marine de l'ile volcanique de Surtsey, Islande. Rit Fiskideildar 10, 1-30.
  • Sigurður Þórarinsson 1964: Surtsey. The new island in the North Atlantic. Almenna Bókafélagið, Reykjavík, p. 109.
  • Sigurður Þórarinsson 1966: Sitt af hverju um Surtseyjargosið. Náttúrufr. 35, 153-181. (in Icelandic)
  • Sigurður Þórarinsson 1968: Síðustu þættir Eyjaelda. Náttúrufr. 38, 113-135. (in Icelandic)
  • Sigurður Þórarinsson, Þorleifur Einarsson, Guðmundur E. Sigvaldason & Gunnlaugur Elísson 1964. The submarine eruption off the Vestmann Islands, 1963-64. Bull. Volcanol. 27, 435-445.
  • Skúli Magnússon & Sturla Friðriksson 1974: Moss vegetation on Surtsey in 1971 and 1972. Surtsey Res. Progr. Rep. 7, 45-55.
  • Snorri Baldursson and Álfheiður Ingadóttir (eds.) 2006. Nomination of Surtsey for the UNESCO World Heritage List. Icelandic Institute of Natural History, Reykjavík, 120 pages. (pdf -10,5 Mb)
  • Sturla Friðriksson 1965: Fjörukál í Surtsey og fræflutningur á sjó. Náttúrufr. 35, 97-102. (in Icelandic)
  • Sturla Friðriksson 1975: Surtsey. Evolution of life on a volcanic island. Butterworths, London og Halsted Press, New York. p. 198.
  • Sturla Friðriksson 1987. Plant colonization of a volcanic island, Surtsey,Iceland. Arctic and Alpine Research 19, 425-431.
  • Sturla Friðriksson 1992: Vascular plants on Surtsey 1981-1990. Surtsey Res. Progr. Rep. 10, 17-30.
  • Sturla Friðriksson 1994. Lífríki í mótun. The Icelandic Natural History Society and The Surtsey Research Society, Reykjavík, p. 112. (in Icelandic)
  • Sturla Friðriksson 2005. Surtsey, Ecosystems formed. The Icelandic Natural History Society and The Surtsey Research Society, Reykjavík, p. 112. (buy online)
  • Sturla Friðriksson & Borgþór Magnússon 1992. Development of the ecosystem on Surtsey with references to Anak Krakatau. GeoJournal 28, 287-291.
  • Sveinn P. Jakobsson 1978. Environmental factors controlling the palagonitization of the tephra of the Surtsey volcanic island, Iceland. Bull. Geol. Soc. Danmark 27, Spec. Issue, 91-105.
  • Sveinn P. Jakobsson 1987. Rannsóknarborun í Surtsey. In: Þorsteinn. I. Sigfússon (ed.), Í hlutarins eðli: Afmælisrit til heiðurs Þorbirni Sigurgeirssyni prófessor. Menningarsjóður, 327-338 pp. (in Icelandic)
  • Sveinn P. Jakobsson 2000. Geological map of Surtsey, scale 1:5000. Icelandic Institute of Natural History and the Surtsey Research Society. First edition.
  • Sveinn P. Jakobsson, Guðmundur Guðmundsson & J. G. Moore 2000. Geological monitoring of Surtsey, Iceland, 1967-1998. Surtsey Research 11, 99-108.
  • Sveinn P. Jakobsson & Guðmundur Guðmundsson 2003. Rof Surtseyjar. Mælingar 1967-2002 og framtíðarspá. Náttúrufræðingurinn 71, 138-144. (in Icelandic with an English Summary).
  • Thorvaldur Thordarson, 2000. Physical volcanology of Surtsey, Iceland: A preliminary report. Surtsey Research 11,109-126.
  • Þorleifur Einarsson 1966. Gosið í Surtsey í máli og myndum. 2. edition revised. Heimskringla, Reykjavík, 60 pp. (in Icelandic)

- last updated 09-Jul-2008

 

The Surtsey Research Society - P.O. Box 352 - 121 Reykjavik - Iceland - surtsey@ni.is