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Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS) 2018 Meeting

12 - 14 January 2018, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona USA

Welcome to the Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS) Meeting 2018. We're looking forward to welcoming you to Tucson in January of 2018 for our 3rd meeting, focused on collaborative multidisciplinary preparation of the manuscripts we proposed and outlined in Zaragoza and an expanded exploration of avenues for outreach. Below are some initial details about the meeting and more information will be available over the next month.

Dates and Venue

Based on the poll conducted via the VICS listserv, the meeting will be held January 12th through 14th at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona

Organizers and Local Advisory Committee

VICS Steering committee member and University of Arizona professor Kevin Anchukaitis is the local organizer and host, with input and advice from a Local Advisory Committee (University of Arizona's David Frank, Charlotte Pearson, Malcolm Hughes, Katie Hirschboeck, and Matt Salzer). Allegra LeGrande, Matt Toohey, Michael Sigl, and Francis Ludlow (VICS Steering Committee) are co-organizing.


A preliminary program for the meeting is now available here [PDF]. The program will be updated as final registration is completed.

Poster Dimensions and Lightning Talks
We recommend that you follow AGU poster dimension guidelines, which are 'Maximum Poster Dimensions: 1.8 meters wide by 1.2 meters high (6′ W x 4′ H)'. All poster presenters are asked to prepare a 'Lightning Talk' - a single (1) slide and 3 minutes of presentation to 'advertise' and talk about the primary results of your poster.

Invited Speakers

Invited speakers for the meeting are Alexandra Witze, Clive Oppenheimer, Andrew Schurer, Payson Sheets, and Karen Holmberg.

Weather, Landscapes, and Things To Do

Tucson in January has an average daily temperature of 55F (13C), with daytime highs into the 60s and 70s (15 to 21C) and overnight lows into the high 30 and low 40s (4 to 5C). This is a great time to plan to hike in the Sonoran Desert and see some of our unique and amazing landscapes, including those low desert environments dominated by saguaro cactus as well as the Sky Islands of southern Arizona. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is not to be missed if you're interested in the plants, wildlife, and geology of this unique region. Tucson was recently declared a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and we have some of the best Mexican and Sonoran food in the United States. Downtown Tucson is these days an exciting and expanding district of restaurants, bars, galleries, museums, and unique shops. Just to the south of Tucson, the desert grasslands are home to vineyards, delicious wines, and a rapidly emerging viticulture region. Further afield, you may wish to plan your visit to Arizona in order to see Sedona (3.5 hours), the Grand Canyon (5 hours), or Northern Mexico (1 hour) and the Sea of Cortes (3.5 hours).


Tucson International Airport has direct connections from many US airport hubs, including Houston, Denver, and Los Angeles. Transportation between the airport and central Tucson is available via taxi or Uber/Lyft. You can also arrive in Tucson via shuttle from Phoenix International Airport (about 90 minutes). Both airports have a full complement of rental car companies as well. The University is centrally located and adjacent to Downtown Tucson.

A lightrail (called the Modern Streetcar) connects the western Mercado District, Downtown, West University, and the University itself for easy transportation within the core of Tucson. Tucson is a very bikeable city, and we have a brand new Bike Share called Tugo with locations throughout central Tucson.


A PDF with hotel and other lodging options and details is available here.

There is no official lodging for the conference, However, the University and Downtown neighborhoods offer several hotel or rental options, including the Aloft Tucson University, the new AC (Marriott) Hotel Tucson Downtown, Hotel Congress, Downtown Clifton, and the Peppertrees Inn. Excellent and inexpensive AirBnB options are available in close-in neighborhoods, including West University, Sam Hughes, Pie Allen and Ironhorse, Armory Park, and the Barrio Viejo.

Costs, Support, and Registration

The standard registration cost for the conference will be $100. This will cover lunches, 1 dinner, coffee, and happy hour. Early Career Reseachers may apply to have this fee waived. Senior scientists who are willing to pay a higher registration fee ($200) can help offset the costs for their early career colleagues.

Payment options will be sent to those who pre-registered for the meeting. Similar to the LDEO meeting, this will include the option to pay in cash onsite at the start of the conference.

We have received a very small amount of support from the PAGES International Program Office, which will be used to offset or cover conference costs for invited participants and Early Career Researchers.

Abstract and Pre-Registration

Abstract submission and pre-registration have closed. Please contact Kevin directly if you wish to attend.