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VICS 4th workshop: Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society: The Common Era and beyond

Dates:
13.04 - 16.04.2019  
Venue:
Cambridge, UK
Contact person:
Celine Vidal, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PAGES' Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS) working group will hold its fourth workshop, "Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society: The Common Era and beyond", from 13-16 April 2019 in Cambridge, UK.

Venue

Department of Geography, University of Cambridge.

Logistics

This is an open workshop for an estimated 75 participants. This fourth workshop will also be used to launch the second phase of VICS (beginning in October 2018), which aims to extend the range of interests deeper into the past, as well as into the future.

Overview

This workshop will be critical for launching the goals of phase two of VICS, which come within the scope of the Climate and Humans themes of the PAGES science structure. Volcanism is a dominant driver of climate variability in the Earth’s past on interannual to centennial timescales, and volcanic eruptions provide invaluable data for the synchronization and validation of climate proxies, and constitute test cases for climate models, helping to assure that their response to external forcing is realistic.

VICS aims to:

1. coordinate improved reconstructions of volcanic radiative forcing,
2. enhance our understanding of volcanically-induced climate variability by engaging a wide range of paleoclimate specialists, and
3. deepen our understanding of societal impacts of and human responses to volcanic eruptions.

The interdisciplinary purpose of VICS relies on the expertise of scientists and scholars from a variety of backgrounds, including those in the fields of volcanology, atmospheric chemistry, ice core science, high-resolution paleoclimate reconstructions, climate modeling, archaeology and anthropology, and history. The workshop will therefore also invite contributions from a number of ongoing international projects with relevant areas of interest, including especially GVP, INTAV (International Focus Group on Tephrochronology), the Climate History Network, VolMIP, PMIP and the PAGES2k working groups.

Goals

The workshop will focus on the following objectives:

1. Summarising the current state of the reconstructions of significant eruptions (and episodes of intense volcanic activity) and associated climate forcing, with an emphasis on events before the Common Era. Assessing the extent of (dis)agreement in observed climate responses to volcanic forcing when comparing paleoclimate data vs. model simulations.
2. Compiling the planned collaborative and open source 'best practice' review article concerning the timing and magnitude of volcanic eruptions, climate variability and societal transformation, with discussion of causal inference.
3. Continued development of strategies to engage stakeholders and the general public concerning volcanic hazards and disasters.

A lecture will be given during the meeting that will be open to the public.

During phase one of VICS, we developed our online community-editable Wiki, a platform for linking and reconciling ice-core, geological and historical records of volcanic eruptions and their climatic and societal impacts. This platform will be maintained and enhanced during phase two, and we will also supplement the GVP-ice core link database.

Key speakers/participants

VICS group leaders: Celine Vidal (local organizer), Matthew Toohey, Francis Ludlow, Kevin Anchukaitis, Michael Sigl and Allegra LeGrande

Local (Department of Geography, Cambridge UK) advisory committee

Clive Oppenheimer, Christine Lane, Anja Schmidt and Ulf Büntgen

Previous meetings

See the list of previous VICS meetings, and post-meeting material, here.

Financial support

Some funding has been provided by PAGES to support the attendance of early-career researchers and scientists from less-favored countries. How to apply for this support will be advertised as soon as possible.

Registration

Details and deadlines will be advertised as soon as possible.

Further information

In the meantime, contact meeting organizer Celine Vidal: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.