KlimaCampus Kolloquium: Volcanoes, climate and societal change in the prehistory of northern Europe – does the past hold lessons for the future?

Climate change and extreme or compound events are today recognized as major societal challenges yet they play little role in classic ideas of how societies changed in the past. In my presentation, I will present the results of recent research investigating the long-range impacts of volcanic eruptions on climate and, importantly, also on societies in northern Europe. Moving from the still rather close-to-home eruption of the Laacher See volcano in the Eifel to more distant eruptions in the Mediterranean to those located in the far-away reaches of Alaska and Central America, these case studies range from the Late Pleistocene Stone Age to the Bronze and Iron Ages. While covering different sorts of interactions between volcanism, climate and society, we may ask: Does the past hold lessons for the future?




15:15 h


Bundesstr. 53, room 022/023
Seminar Room 022/023, Ground Floor, Bundesstrasse 53, 20146 Hamburg, Hamburg


Felix Riede, Aarhus University


Claudia Timmreck

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