Kuwae 1452 AD: multi-disciplinary perspectives on a Pacific super-eruption

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    Description

    This project seeks to resolve the question of whether the mid-15th century eruption of Kuwae in Vanuatu can be confirmed as one of the largest global volcanic and climatic events of the last 2000 years. Through archival, field and laboratory research, an experienced transdisciplinary team from archaeology, volcanology and history aims to conduct collaborative research over three seasons in central Vanuatu. Project goals include dating the eruptive event, defining its scale, reconstructing Kuwae’s local social and environmental conditions prior to and after the eruption, and developing practical volcanic risk reduction strategies together with local communities and authorities in Vanuatu.
    StatusActive
    Effective start/end date20/04/2019/04/23

    Funding

    • Australian National University (ANU): AUD15,000.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD328,788.00

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