Video: Volcanic Eruptions, Climate Change, and Food Crises


A video to learn about the link between volcanic forcing of global climate and the English food crisis of 1258.

Students will learn and discuss topics in medieval economic history: the mega-eruption of the Samalas Volcano in Indonesia; its effects on global climate; the devastating consequences on weather, harvests, and food; and the resulting English food crisis in 1258.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the link between volcanic eruptions and global climate?
  2. What is the link between climate change and the English food crisis?

About the Tool

Tool NameGlobal climates, the 1257 mega-eruption of Samalas Volcano, Indonesia, and the 1258 English food crisis
Topic(s) in DisciplineClimate and History
Climate TopicClimate and the Anthroposphere; Climate and History
Type of ToolVideo
Grade LevelUndergraduate
Developed byBruce Campbell (The Queen’s University of Belfast)
Hosted atTalk at Royal Historical Society
Computer SkillsBasic

1257 Samalas Eruption

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