6-8 June 2016
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
US/Eastern timezone
The inaugural PAGES Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS) workshop will be held at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades, NY on June 6-8, 2016.

The workshop will aim to:
  1. Summarize the state of knowledge concerning global radiative forcing from volcanic eruptions, including forcing reconstructions used in climate models. Identify where recent progress has occurred, and where the largest uncertainties remain.
  2. Assess the state of consistency between climate responses to volcanic forcing derived from direct observations, inferred from proxy data and simulated by climate models.
  3. Gather and synthesize recommendations concerning opportunities and best practices for integrating historical documentary evidence of volcanic climate impacts with estimates from paleoclimate data and climate models. Review progress and challenges in understanding historical societal impacts of volcanic eruptions.
  4. Identify and define future goals for the VICS working group, based on the needs of the scientific community and potential stakeholders.
These workshop aims require interdisciplinary solutions and will draw on expertise from a variety of backgrounds, including (but not limited to) the fields of stratospheric aerosol measurements, radiative transfer theory, aerosol microphysical modeling, ice core science, geology, volcanology, high-resolution paleoclimate reconstructions, climate modeling and history.

Confirmed invited speakers include:
  • Ben Andrews (Smithsonian Institution, USA)
  • Stefan Brönniman (University of Bern, Switzerland)
  • Andrea Burke (Univeristy of St. Andrews, UK)
  • Chaochao Gao (Zhejiang University, China)
  • Britta Jensen (Royal Alberta Museum, Canada)
  • Joe Manning (Yale University, USA)
  • Joe McConnell (Desert Research Institute, USA)
  • Alan Robock (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Brian Toon (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA)
  • Sam White (Ohio State University)
  • Davide Zanchettin (University of Venice, Italy)
Those interested in participating are asked to submit an abstract between March 18 and April 1. Based on the level of interest, participants will be assigned an oral presentation or poster presentation. A limited amount of funding, provided by PAGES, the LDEO/NASA GISS Climate Center and the Yale Climate History Initiative, will be available to support young scientists or researchers from underrepresented regions.

A nominal workshop fee ($50-100USD, to be determined) will be collected from participants upon arrival.

For inquiries, please contact Matthew Toohey (mtoohey@geomar.de) or a member of the organizing committee:
  • Roseanne D’Arrigo (Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, USA)
  • Kevin Anchukaitis (University of Arizona)
  • Allegra LeGrande (NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)
  • Francis Ludlow (Trinity College Dublin)
  • Michael Sigl (Paul Scherrer Institute)
  • Matthew Toohey (GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel)
Starts 6 Jun 2016 09:00
Ends 8 Jun 2016 17:00
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory