Articles

Volcanic Activity and Climatic Changes

Science  07 Mar 1980:
Vol. 207, Issue 4435, pp. 1041-1044
DOI: 10.1126/science.207.4435.1041

Abstract

Radiocarbon dates of volcanic activity suggest variations that appear to be related to climatic changes. Historical eruption records also show variations on the scale of years to centuries. These records can be combined with simple climatic models to estimate the impact of various volcanic activity levels. From this analysis it appears that climatic prediction in the range of 2 years to many decades requires broad-scale volcanic activity prediction. Statistical analysis of the volcanic record suggests that some predictability is possible.