Chapman Conference on
Volcanism and the Earth's Atmosphere
Thera, Greece

June 17-21, 2002


Alan Robock, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey e-mail:

Program Committee

Conference Objective

Volcanic eruptions can have a profound effect on the Earth's atmosphere and environment on all time scales. From being the source of most gases in the atmosphere over geologic time scales to producing climate change to threatening aviation, volcanic eruptions provide a strong link between the lithosphere and the impact of the atmosphere on human activities. To better understand these phenomena, the International Association of Volcanism and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI) and International Association for Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (IAMAS) formed the Commission on Volcanism and the Earth's Atmosphere at the AGU Chapman Conference on "Climate, Volcanism and Global Change" in 1992 following the largest eruption of the 20th Century, Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. In the decade since then we have gained greater understanding of the impacts of volcanic eruptions on climate. Among other things, we have learned about the winter warming effect on Northern Hemisphere continents, about effects on ozone depletion, and about the potential for supervolcanoes to completely disrupt civilization. To review this progress and stimulate new work, a 10th anniversary Chapman conference will be held on the site of one of the most important past volcanic eruptions that profoundly affected civilization, the Santorini eruption in the Late Bronze Age.

Preliminary Topics

Conference Format

The conveners are currently planning for four days of presentations with a mid-meeting field trip to Santorini crater and archeological sites. There will be morning and evening sessions. Posters will be put up at the beginning of the conference and remain available for viewing and discussion throughout the conference.

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