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Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 13, 93–132, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-13-93-2022
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 13, 93–132, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-13-93-2022
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 et al.

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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.