Telling Stories of a Changed Climate: The Laki Fissure Eruption and the Interdisciplinarity of Climate History


When the Laki fissure erupted in 1783, eighteenth-century “science communicators” in the rest of Europe searched for explanations for the unusual weather phenomena caused by the eruption. By exploring how people used the tools available to them to explain their reality, Kleemann identifies the importance of stories and storytelling in contextualizing and interpreting scientific knowledge. She argues that interdisciplinary cooperations between the natural sciences and the humanities can both shed light on historical climates ad also contribute to more effective communication about contemporary climate change.