How volcanic eruptions impact the climate
Volcanic eruptions can be damaging to the environment, releasing high volumes of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. They also have a major impact on the year-to-year variability of the earth’s climate. In order to forecast the likelihood and the consequences of future large volcanic eruptions, it is vital to gain an understanding of the impact these kinds of events have on the evolution of the climate. Addressing this, the EU-funded THERA project aims to extract data on the timing, magnitude and source location of the major volcanic eruptions that occurred during the Holocene – the past 12 000 years. Moreover, it will develop a state-of-the-art reconstruction of the effects of volcanic aerosol forcing on global climate.
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