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Cities on Volcanoes 10 Meeting

Naples, Italy
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The Cities on Volcanoes 10 Meeting will be held from 2-7 September 2018 in Naples, Italy.


The Cities and Volcanoes Commission of IAVCEI aims to provide a linkage between the volcanology community and emergency managers, to serve as a conduit for exchange of ideas and experience between “volcano cities”, and to promote multi-disciplinary applied research, involving the collaboration of physical and social scientists and city officials.

The Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), in collaboration with the Associazione Italiana di Vulcanologia (AIV), Dipartimento della Protezione Civile (DPC), Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio, Regione Campania, Comune di Napoli and the Università di Napoli Federico II, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, dell’Ambiente e delle Risorse (DISTAR), invite you to participate.

The title of COV 10 is “Millennia of Stratification between Human Life and Volcanoes: strategies for coexistence” and intends to focus the attention of the Conference on the inherent resilience of human societies to volcanic risk, as millennia of coexistence with volcanoes prove that volcanic environments are fundamentally perceived as resources. At the same time, building and strengthening this resilience in modern and complex societies exposed to volcanic risk, especially on volcanoes with long periods of dormancy where risk is poorly perceived, is a great challenge.


CoV10 at Napoli will develop themes focused on “Millennia of Stratification between Human Life and Volcanoes: strategies for coexistence” that are closely related with the objectives of The Science and Technology Roadmap to Support the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 of United Nations.

S1 SYMPOSIUM 1: Multi-disciplinary approaches to improve the understanding of volcano dynamics and hazards
S2 SYMPOSIUM 2: Assessing and managing volcanic risk
S3 SYMPOSIUM 3: Enhancing preparedness and resilience

See the program here:

Important dates

10 May 2018: Deadline for abstract submission
15 June 2018: Deadline for early-bird registration, workshop and field trip registration
1 July 2018: Final program publication


The deadline for abstract submission is 10 May 2018.

Read about the requirements and submit abstracts here:


Early-bird registration closes 15 June 2018. Register here:

Further information

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VICS-endorsed session

PAGES' VICS working group has endorsed the following session:

S1.30: Environmental and societal impacts of past volcanic eruptions: integrating the geosciences with the historical, anthropological, and archaeological sciences
Conveners: Felix Riede, Christopher Harpel, Celine Vidal, Francis Ludlow, Martin Bauch and Karen Fontijn

Volcanic eruptions and their downstream environmental impacts are major hazards for societies in the immediate vicinity of a given volcano as well as to those further removed. Eruptions occur along a time continuum, intersecting geology, history, anthropology, and archaeology, and are often recorded in more than one medium. Although researchers from each discipline often work in isolation, integrating data between sciences can provide an exceptionally rich and detailed record of volcanic activity. Yet, comparing the timing and magnitude of volcanic eruptions to climate variability and societal events, and inferring underlying direct or indirect causal relationships, is important, given uncertainties in observations, paleoclimate estimates, and model simulations. For example, an eruption may impact a society such that it is recorded in oral traditions, but is only accessible with specific cultural and linguistic skills.

Many cultures also have extensive written records, but these documents are sometimes physically fragile, not in centralized locations, and require specialized knowledge to read and interpret. In many regions, pre-colonial trade networks and complex colonial histories caused documents recording eruptions to be dispersed, sequestered, and forgotten in archives far from the volcano. Deposits apparent in the geological (paleoenvironmental) and archaeological (paleosocietal) records can provide insight into an eruption’s impacted area and dynamics; evidence for an eruption’s societal impact is sometimes present in these archaeological and anthropological records also. Each data source records unique aspects and details of an eruption. Combining methods from multiple disciplines provides a more detailed understanding of the number, timing, circumstances, and impact of eruptions. Multidisciplinary methods are critical in regions lacking eruption chronologies, but can also yield important insights at volcanoes with highly constrained eruption histories. At any volcano, such information is fundamental to appropriately assessing its hazards.

This session aims to present state-of-the-art results on volcanic impacts on climate and society, using ice-core, geological, historical and archaeological records of volcanic eruptions and their climatic and societal impacts at various spatial and temporal scales. We welcome presentations on multidisciplinary research combining geological, historical, anthropological, archaeological, or other methods to understand an eruption, a volcano’s eruption history, or the societal impact of such events. We hope to discover and discuss new results on the history, archaeology and anthropology of direct or indirect climatically mediated consequences on past human societies.