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Cities on Volcanoes 11 Conference

Heraklion, Crete, Greece
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The Department of Geology and Geoenvironment of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, in collaboration with post graduate programme of "Environmental, Disaster and Crisis Management Strategies" (EDCM) and the Natural History Museum (University of Crete) will host the Cities on Volcanoes 11 Conference which has been rescheduled for 14-18 June 2021 in Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

The conference was originally planned for 23-27 May 2020, and then 25-30 September 2020.

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Information below was for September 2020. New deadlines will be provided as soon as possible


The title of the meeting is "Volcanoes and Society: environment, health and hazards".

It will be focused on multidisciplinary monitoring volcanic environments in the vicinity of cities and highly touristic areas. At the same time, the ability to recognize the hazards and their impact on people, emergency management by civil protection authorities, community education, case studies and risk mitigation to reduce the impacts of volcanism and its effects on society will undoubtedly be discussed.

Crete is a well-known island in the Mediterranean not only because of its geographic position at the crossroads of three continents, but also because of its friendly and warm people, amazing landscapes, delicious food and famous archaeological sites like Knossos, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site on Crete.


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PAGES working group session

i. VICS: S2.13 Interdisciplinary reconstructions of the impact of past volcanic eruptions on climate and society
Conveners: Celine Vidal, Karen Holmberg, Thomas Aubry and Felix Riede

Volcanic eruptions can affect climate and societies over a range of spatial and temporal scales. Understanding the impact of past eruptions is critical for the assessment and mitigation of future volcanic risk. Reconstructing past eruption impacts requires interdisciplinary approaches at the intersection of geology, history, archaeology, dendrochronology, ice-core and climate science.

Combining methods from multiple disciplines provides a more detailed understanding of the number, timing, circumstances, and impact of eruptions. This multidisciplinary approach is critical in regions lacking eruption chronologies, but can also yield important insights even at volcanoes with highly constrained eruption histories. At any volcano, such information is fundamental to appropriately assess its hazards.

Given the uncertainties in observations, paleoclimate estimates, and model simulations, this session aims to provide a multidisciplinary interface to discuss director indirect causal relationships between the timing and magnitude of volcanic eruptions and climate variability and societal events. Under the remit of the PAGES Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS) Working Group, we invite presentations of state-of-the-art results on volcanic impacts on climate and society, combining methods using ice-core, tree-ring, geological, historical and/or archaeological records. 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. This proposal is endorsed by VICS.

Core connection between the proposed session and societal risk mitigation: This session focuses on the reconstruction of the impact of past volcanic eruptions on climate and society using multidisciplinary methods. Major explosive eruptions (>VEI 5) have occurred during the Quaternary on a frequency and magnitude (e.g., Toba super-eruption) far beyond the range of contemporary human experience. Studying the impacts of such eruptions in climate model simulations, as well as examining the fingerprints of such eruptions in geologic deposits (e.g. ice cores) and proxy records (e.g. tree-rings and others) provides valuable insight into the likelihood and consequences of this major geological and climatic hazard.