GróLind is a national programme for monitoring vegetation and soil resources in Iceland. This large project is coordinated by one of the lecturers in Sheep in the Land of Fire and Ice, Bryndís Marteinsdóttir.
Last week GróLind published their assessment on rangeland condition in Iceland, including a very cool 3D visualization tool for rangelands all over Iceland. You can find more information on the GróLind website: http://grolind.is (unfortunately the information is so far only available in Icelandic, but you can still enjoy the interactive map here).
Thanks to the great effort of the GróLind team, we know now that 62% of Iceland is used as rangelands; within this area 10% of the rangelands are in excellent condition, whereas nearly 40% of the rangelands are in poor condition. This is a very important first steps towards learning more about the impacts of grazing in Iceland.
Class Central has tallied the best courses of the previous year, based on thousands of learner reviews, and Sheep in the Land of Fire and Ice was included in the Top 30 (out of over 2,400) MOOCs launched during 2019! See the full Top 30 list here.
And here are some of the comments from students who have completed Sheep in the Land of Fire and Ice
Ontario Sheep Farmers (https://www.ontariosheep.org) is a producer operated organization which represents all aspects of the sheep, lamb and wool industry in the Province of Ontario. If you know of other national or regional organizations that might be interested in our MOOC please let us know.
Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources of Iceland participated in the official launch of Sheep in the Land of Fire and Ice in January 2019. We were also joined by the Rectors of the University of Iceland, the Agricultural University of Iceland, and the Canadian Ambassador, among many others. And the Sheep Cello Project provided the entertainment!