Volunteers on this expedition lived at the Krafla Power Station. During recreation time, volunteers and staff explored the area and visited nearby hot pools and bird-watching sites.
Earthwatch scientists, all experienced lecturers, shared their passion for this project through talks and seminars on subjects from Darwinism and evolution to plate tectonics and the geology of the solar system. Volunteers were trained in the use of research and safety equipment, including gas masks to be worn when gases are present in or around the craters.
Team members lived and work closely together. All tasks, from food shopping to collating data to checking instrument batteries, were shared. Throughout the day, volunteers and staff worked in small groups, carrying equipment into the field area, setting up and using GPS units and gravity instruments, and accurately recording data.
The scientific papers that resulted from this research impact government policy related to hazard preparedness. In addition, the research found a wider audience through videos posted on YouTube and iTunes U. A program commissioned for BBC World Service on Icelandic volcanism featured this project, reaching an audience of several million worldwide.