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Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS) 2018 Meeting

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

Thank you for joining us in Tucson in January of 2018 for our 3rd meeting, which focused on collaborative multidisciplinary preparation of the manuscripts we proposed and outlined in Zaragoza and an expanded exploration of avenues for outreach.


A program for the meeting is available here [PDF].

Invited Speakers

Invited speakers for the meeting were 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.