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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.

General Program

Friday, January 12th, 2018
Arrival in Tucson, Registration, evening Ice Breaker in Downtown Tucson
Saturday, January 13th, 2018
Registration, breakfast and coffee at University of Arizona, keynote speakers, collaborative writing and analytical sessions. Happy Hour Poster session and Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research Tour. Conference dinner with keynote speaker
Sunday, January 14th, 2018
Breakfast and coffee, keynote speakers, collaborative writing, plenary and planning session. Happy Hour

Invited Speakers

Invited speakers for the meeting include Alexandra Witze, Clive Oppenheimer, Payson Sheets, and Karen Holmberg. We also hope that Gabi Hegerl or Andrew Schurer will be able to join us.

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 a new Bike Share will be arriving later in 2017.


There will not be 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.

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

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 announced in the near future. Similar to the LDEO meeting, this will include the option to pay in cash onsite at the start of the conference in January.

We have received a 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. If you would like to apply for Early Career Support, including a waiver of the conference registration fee, please complete that part of the abstract and pre-registration form below.

Abstract and Pre-Registration

Please use the form below to pre-register for the conference (payment options to complete final registration will be made available in the near future). Fields marked with a red asterisk are required. Please note that you are not required to submit an abstract in order to attend the meeting - the focus of our time will be on the collaborative activities toward completing an organized journal volume on volcanic eruptions and their impacts. Most abstracts will be given posters. Please complete the Early Career Researcher section of the form if you anticipate requiring a registration fee waiver or additional funding support. Abstract and pre-registration deadline is October 15th.