This VOICE project is a direct response to the Frontiers initiative and would not have been conceived without the opportunities offered by NSF FESD (Frontiers in Earth-System Dynamics) program requirements. FESD is focused on the fact that we are just beginning to understand how Earth operates as a system, and that many important scientific questions lie at the intersection of traditional disciplines of Earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences. The aim of the program is to "explore the coupling among different aspects of the Earth's component systems." These aims conform with our objectives, which has at its core the coupling between Earth’s interior, ocean and atmosphere, and is focused on understanding glacial cycles as an Earth system process that includes relationships with Earth’s interior. (See here to learn more about NSF FESD.) Furthermore, the samples collected throughout the life of this project will be an invaluable resource for measurements beyond our program, and to address other scientific problems that lie outside the scope of this proposal. Hence, our collected data and samples will be made available to others via this website, which is devoted to volcano/climate connections on glacial/interglacial time scales.