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International Conference on Volcanoes, Climate, and Society

Bicentenary of the great Tambora eruption

7 – 10 April 2015, University of Bern, Switzerland


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Two hundred years after the eruption of the Tambora volcano 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.

Scope of the conference

The April 1815 eruption of Tambora changed global climate, it caused a "Year Without a Summer" which affected societies, and it changed 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 re-enact the event in model simulations. The conference will also explore how our ancestors managed the crisis that followed the eruption.

Format and Sessions

The conference will cover the following topics:

  • Volcanic eruptions, atmospheric processes and aerosols: models and observations
  • Volcanic eruptions recorded in paleo-environmental archives
  • Historical climatology and documentary data
  • Impacts and societal responses
  • Arts and culture

We plan to have about 20 invited lectures covering the key themes listed above. In addition, there will be ample time for contributed talks and poster sessions.

Call for Papers

We encourage papers on topics relating to all aspects listed above under Format and Sessions. Abstract details can be found on the Abstract Submission page.

Abstract Submission Deadline: expired

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