PALSEA2-QUIGS cross-cutting initiative

24.09 - 27.09.2018  
Galloway, NJ, USA
Contact person:
Alessio Rovere, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Two PAGES working groups, PALeo constraints on SEA level rise 2 (PALSEA2) and PAGES-PMIP Working Group on Quaternary Interglacials (QUIGS), will conduct a joint, cross-cutting meeting from 24-27 September 2018 in Galloway, New Jersey, USA.

The meeting title is "Climate, ice sheets and sea level during past interglacial periods".


Stockton Seaview Hotel
Galloway, New Jersey, USA


Workshop places are limited to 40 (including spaces already allocated for invited speakers). While members of the PALSEA and QUIGS working groups are expected to attend, other scientists working in the cross-cutting themes and not yet involved in QUIGS and PALSEA are also strongly encouraged to apply.


The overarching goal is to favor cross-cutting initiatives between members of these two communities. In fact, while workshops from these two projects (and their predecessors) were successful and produced a relevant number of products, the commingling of ideas between the two groups was mostly the result of individual initiatives, and few scientists participated regularly to the activities of both groups.

The aim of this workshop is twofold : 1) to foster a more organized collaboration between scientists from the different climate, sea level and ice sheet communities working on past interglacials and thus 2) to tackle together a number of outstanding issues that have been identified by both the PALSEA and the QUIGS working groups:
Can external (e.g. orbital) or internal (e.g. greenhouse gases) climate forcings explain the observed climate, ice-sheet and sea-level responses based on current knowledge of global physics?
Does the relationship between interglacial climate and ice sheets/sea level change across the Quaternary? Are there interglacials other than 5e and 11 where we could attempt to link climate and sea level?
How do interglacial sea-level highstands relate to interglacial high-latitude, global and tropical temperatures?
Can we reach a firm conclusion on the magnitude of warming and the maximum sea level contribution for Greenland and Antarctic in MIS 5e?


This four-day workshop is divided in three main parts: the first two days will be dedicated to talks and posters from the participants, divided in topical sessions. Each participant will be asked to tackle one of the main questions identified above or raise new ones related to both communities.

A field trip will be organized on the third day to nearby salt-marshes (Holocene sea-level indicators) and the Pine Barrens (Late Pleistocene permafrost). The last day will be dedicated to (1) discussions focused on the cross-cutting themes between PALSEA2 and QUIGS and (2) the initiation of cross-cutting activities.

Invited speakers

Jacky Austerman (Columbia University, USA)
Andrea Dutton (University of Florida, USA)
Alex Robinson (University of Madrid, Spain)
Bette Otto-Bliesner (NCAR, USA)         
Maureen Raymo (Columbia University, USA)

Financial support

Financial support is only available for early-career researchers and researchers from developing countries. ECRs and researchers from developing countries should state in their application the reason/s financial support is required.


Applications close 15 April 2018. Apply here:

Further information

If any questions arise, please contact workshop organizers Alessio Rovere: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Emilie Capron: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Post-meeting material

palsea quigs group web

Participants at the first joint workshop of PALSEA and QUIGS members. Click to enlarge.