I am a research professor at the University of Iceland's Institute of Earth Sciences. My main scientific contributions are, 1) measuring the chemical and physical erosion rates of basaltic terrains and their role in the global carbon cycle, 2) quantifying the carbon storage potential of basaltic rocks, 3) measurement of the dissolution rates and dissolution mechanisms of volcanic glasses and minerals as a function of glass composition, aqueous solution composition and temperature and 4) assessing the environmental pressure from volcanic eruptions.
I got my PhD in 1985 from the Johns Hopkins University, USA. Currently I am the Vice President of the European Association of Geochemistry and I am the chairman of the Scientific Steering Committee of CarbFix, an international initiative to store carbon in basaltic rocks. I have published a book in Icelandic on the global carbon cycle and have published over 100 scientific articles in peer-reviewed international journals.