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How Did Climate and Humans Respond to Past Volcanic Eruptions?To predict and prepare for future climate change, scientists are striving to understand how global-scale climatic change manifests itself on regional scales and also how societies adapt or don't to sometimes subtle and complex climatic changes. In this regard, the strongest volcanic eruptions of the past are powerful test cases, showcasing how the broad climate system responds to sudden changes in radiative forcing and how societies have responded to the resulting climatic shocks. These issues were at the heart of the inaugural workshop of the Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS) Working Group, convened in June 2016 at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades, N.Y. The 3-day meeting gathered approximately 50 researchers, who presented work intertwining the history of volcanic eruptions and the physical processes that connect eruptions with human and natural systems on a global scale.
Document ID
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Toohey, Matthew (GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany)
Ludlow, Francis (Trinity Coll. Dublin, Ireland)
Legrande, Allegra N. (NASA Goddard Inst. for Space Studies New York, NY United States)
Date Acquired
November 30, 2016
Publication Date
November 14, 2016
Publication Information
Publication: EOS
Subject Category
Meteorology and Climatology
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Workshop of the Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society Working Group(Palisades, NY)
Distribution Limits
volcanic eruptions
climate change