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Research Data from University of Iceland Update Understanding of Futures

February 8, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Investment Weekly News -- A new study on Futures is now available. According to news reporting from Reykjavik, Iceland , by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "This paper presents a theory of how settlement structures originate and evolve, based on identifying drivers of change and resulting spatial settlement patterns. Climate, resources and their access, and spatial position are the primary drivers for the patterns of how settlement structures will evolve." The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the University of Iceland , "As changes occur in these conditions the settlement structures eventually change. The method presented can be used to study how settlement structures may evolve in the future based on projections and predictions about changes in the drivers. The method is illustrated by using Iceland as a case study. The results of the case study suggest that global warming will induce a pull of settlements towards the warming highland plateau of the country because of less snow, better accessibility, and more vegetation. This will be helped by a push of settlements away from the coast towards the more elevated interior due to a rise in sea level." According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "In Iceland, an opposite pattern - towards the coast - also applies because new transshipment harbours serving Arctic sea routes and oil resources will create a pull towards some parts of the coastline." For more information on this research see: A theory of the evolution of settlement structures based on identification and use of patterns: Iceland as a case study. Futures , 2013;54():19-32. Futures can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd , The Boulevard, Langford Lane , Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England . ( Elsevier - ; Futures - ) Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T. Valsson, University of Iceland , Fac Civil & Environm Engn, IS-107 Reykjavik, Iceland . Additional authors for this research include G.F. Ulfarsson and S.M. Gardarsson . Keywords for this news article include: Europe , Iceland , Futures, Reykjavik Our reports deliver fact-based news of research and discoveries from around the world. Copyright 2014, NewsRx LLC

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