PAGES 2k Network PALEOLINK Project workshop: "A joint effort to bring together GCM, RCM and proxy communities"

06.02 - 08.02.2019  
Murcia, Spain
Contact person:
Juan José Gómez-Navarro, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The PAGES 2k Network PALEOLINK Project will hold a workshop, titled "A joint effort to bring together GCM, RCM and proxy communities" from 6-8 February 2019 in Murcia, Spain.


This is an open workshop for approximately 30 attendees interested in the PALEOLINK topic.


At EGU 2018, an initial kickoff meeting was held to discus the next steps of the PALEOLINK community. Some important points of the discussion were:

- an important outcome would be the development of a database of currently existing and on-going RCM simulations worldwide
- an important question pertains the assessment and characterization of added value of RCMs, with a clear emphasis on improvements in model-proxy comparison
- expertise in climate modeling is overrepresented in the project, compared to the number of experts in proxy data and especially in forward modeling
- in this regard, the organization of an early workshop could help to engage people from the latter two communities, therefore improving the synergies developed within the project

As preparatory work, the project members will be asked for the different data (proxy records, model simulations) and proxy system models they are currently using or are planned, to get an overview of which data is available from the different communities.

During the workshop, attendees will be asked to introduce their data (and models) in more detail and they will be asked to which extent they could contribute to the overarching goal concerning the model-proxy integration. A number of splinter groups will be arranged, where the most prominent issues can be discussed in more depth.


The main aim of the workshop is to come up with a condensed list of specific questions/approaches that will be addressed during the second part of the project. This specifically relates to establishing a meta database for the different regional simulations currently available.

The establishment of a standardized post-preprocessing protocol will also be supprted, and production of metadata that facilitates and encourages data exchange with the proxy community. Techniques should be elaborated on the proper comparison between the proxies and the models, with focusing on different variables ranging from temperature over precipitation to isotopes. A new asset that will be explored by a specific working group is on statistical/dynamical downscaling to potentially achieve the regionalization of longer transient simulations covering the last 2,000 years.


In order to warrant an effective meeting, one or two Skype/Adobe Connect meetings will be held prior to the workshop in order to streamline the discussion and prepare the framework for the working groups during the in-person meeting.

Confirmed speakers/participants

Jurg Luterbacher, Justus-Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany
Jan Esper, Department of Geography, Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany
Oliver Bothe, Helmholtz-Zentrum, Geesthacht, Germany
Eduardo Zorita, Helmholtz-Zentrum, Geesthacht, Germany
Sebastian Wagner, Helmholtz-Zentrum, Geesthacht, Germany
Hugo Beltrami, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada
Francisco José Cuesta Valero, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada
Almudena Garcia-Garcia, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada
Joaquim Pinto, KIT, Germany
Patrick Ludwig, KIT, Germany
Fidel González-Rouco, University Complutense of Madrid, Spain
Elena García Bustamante, University Complutense of Madrid, Spain
Davide Zanchettin, University of Venezia, Italy
Markus Meier, Leibniz-Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Germany
Juan José Gómez-Navarro, University of Murcia, Spain
Juan Pedro Montávez, University of Murcia, Spain
Christoph Raible, University of Bern, Switzerland
Patricio Velasquez, University of Bern, Switzerland

Financial support

PAGES has provided some funding for participation of early-career researchers and researchers from developing countries. Instructions on how and when to apply will be provided as soon as possible.


Details and deadlines will be provided as soon as possible.

Further information

In the meantime, contact meeting organizer Juan José Gómez-Navarro: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.