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VICS 1st workshop

Palisades, NY, United States
Workshop report
Contact person
Matt Toohey
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The inaugural PAGES Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS) working group workshop will be held at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Palisades, NY, USA from 6-8 June 2016.

Workshop aims

The workshop aims 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, drawing 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.

Workshop 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)

Guest speakers

Confirmed speakers include:

Stefan Brönniman (University of Bern, Switzerland)
Andrea Burke (University of St. Andrews, UK)
Chaochao Gao (Zhejiang University, China)
Britta Jensen (University of Alberta, Canada)
Joe Manning (Yale University, USA)
Michael Rampino (New York University, USA)
Alan Robock (Rutgers University, USA)
Brian Toon (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA)
Davide Zanchettin (University of Venice, Italy)

Registration and participation details and financial support

Those interested in participating are asked to submit an abstract to before 10 April (extended from 1 April). Based on the level of interest, participants will be assigned an oral presentation or poster presentation.

Thanks to the support of PAGES and the LDEO/NASA GISS Climate Center, limited travel support will be available for young scientists or researchers from underrepresented regions.

Further information

For inquiries, please contact Matthew Toohey ( or a member of the organizing committee (listed above).