International Conference on Volcanoes, Climate, and Society: Bicentenary of the great Tambora eruption

07.04 - 11.04.2015
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) is organizing the international conference ‘Volcanoes, Climate, and Society’.

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.

Call for papers, format and sessions

We encourage papers on topics relating to all aspects listed below:
* 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.

More details can be found at

Abstract submission deadline: 31 October 2014

Confirmed speakers

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), Margit Schwikowski (PSI, CH), Hubertus Fischer (U. Bern, CH), Phil Jones (CRU, U. East Anglia, UK), Jürg Luterbacher (U. Giessen, DE), Renate Auchmann (U. Bern, CH), Eduardo Zorita (HZG, Geesthacht, DE), Claudia Timmreck (MPI Hamburg, DE), Fortunat Joos (U. Bern, CH), Martin Wegmann (U. Bern, CH), Rudolf Brazdil (U. Brno, CZ), Matthias Dörries (U. Strasbourg, FR), Daniel Krämer (U. Bern, CH), Gillen D'Arcy Wood (U. Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA), John Thornes (U. Birmingham, UK)

More details are available on the conference website at:

Organizing Committee

Stefan Brönnimann, Christian Rohr, Martin Grosjean, Fortunat Joos, Willy Tinner, Thomas Peter
on behalf of the Organizing Committee

Post-meeting material

> Special issue magazine (available in English and German)