Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Review article
12 Jul 2022
Review article |  | 12 Jul 2022

Global tephra studies: role and importance of the international tephra research group “Commission on Tephrochronology” in its first 60 years

David J. Lowe, Peter M. Abbott, Takehiko Suzuki, and Britta J. L. Jensen


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on hgss-2021-22', Raymond Cas, 25 Jan 2022
  • AC1: 'Comment on hgss-2021-22', David Lowe, 02 Feb 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on hgss-2021-22', Anonymous Referee #2, 25 Apr 2022
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', David Lowe, 04 May 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (04 May 2022) by Hans Volkert
ED: Publish as is (18 May 2022) by Hans Volkert
AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (23 May 2022)  Author's response
Short summary
The Commission on Tephrochronology (COT), formed in 1961, comprises geoscientists who characterize, map, and date tephra (volcanic ash) layers and use them as stratigraphic linking and dating tools in geological, palaeoenvironmental, and archaeological research. We review COT's origins and growth and show how its leadership and activities – hosting meetings, supporting ECRs, developing new analytical and dating methods, and publishing volumes – have strongly influenced tephrochronology globally.