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International Conference on Volcanoes, Climate, and Society

Caldera_Mt_Tambora_Sumbawa_IndonesiaInternational Conference on Volcanoes, Climate, and Society,
“Bicentenary of the great Tambora eruption”,
7 – 11 April 2015 at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

Two hundred years after the eruption of Mount Tambora in April 1815, an event that changed global climate, the University of Bern and the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research OCCR organize the international conference “Volcanoes, Climate and Society”. It will revisit the event from different scientific perspectives and explore how our ancestors managed the crisis that followed the eruption.

The April 1815 eruption of Tambora changed global climate, it caused a „Year Without a Summer“ which affected societies, and it transformed science. Two hundred years later, we want to look back at this event, and look forward. What is the state of knowledge on the 1815 eruption and its aftermath? What has science learned from the event, and what more can we learn from it?

In the conference, we will revisit the 1815 eruption from a volcanologists perspective, we will approach the eruption from the point of view of climate proxies, we will search its traces in historical climate reconstructions and we will reenact the event in model simulations. The conference will also explore how our ancestors managed the crisis that followed the eruption.

The conference will cover the following topics:
• Volcanic eruptions, atmospheric processes and aerosols: models and observations
• Volcanic eruptions recorded in paleoenvironmental archives
• Historical climatology and documentary data
• Impacts and societal responses
• Arts and culture

Clive Oppenheimer (U. Cambridge, UK), Stephen Self (UC Berkeley, USA)

Hans Graf (U. Cambridge, UK), Alan Robock (Rutgers U. USA), Susan Solomon (MIT, USA), Markus Rex (AWI, Potsdam, DE), Phil Jones (CRU, U. East Anglia, UK), Gilbert P. Compo (NOAA ESRL / CIRES CDC, USA), Jürg Luterbacher (U. Giessen, DE), Dennis Wheeler (Emeritus, UK), Eduardo Zorita (HZG, Geesthacht, DE), Claudia Timmreck (MPI Hamburg, DE), Christian Pfister (U. Bern, CH), Gillen D‘Arcy Wood (U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA), John Thornes (U. Birmingham, UK)

We encourage papers on topics relating to all aspects listed above under Format and Sessions. Abstract details can be found on
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 October 2014


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