PAGES e-news vol. 2020, no.2


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2020, no. 2


1. Call for 6th OSM session proposals - deadline 1 April
2. Are your details up to date?

. Apply to be on our SSC - deadline 24 Feb
4. Deadline 26 Feb for new working groups and workshop support
5. Working Group news
6. PAGES Early-Career Network updates and survey
7. Recent products
8. Working Group meetings and deadlines
9. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings
10. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

11. Future Earth updates
12. WCRP updates
13. World Data System of the International Science Council (WDS) update
14. Other news and opportunities

1. Call for 6th OSM session proposals - deadline 1 April

PAGES' premier science conferences, the Open Science Meeting (OSM) and Young Scientists Meeting (YSM), are held every four years. The 6th OSM and 4th YSM will be held in Agadir, Morocco, from 16-22 May 2021. The YSM will be held from 16-18 May and the OSM from 18-22 May. Regional field trips and excursions of varying durations will be offered after the OSM:

The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) invites you to take an active part in organizing the scientific program of the conference. The program will be comprised of plenary, parallel and poster sessions.

The plenary sessions will host keynote talks intended to stimulate discussions on the role of past global change science by providing information about strategies for a sustainable world, on the engagement of stakeholders in active cutting-edge research, and on the added value of interdisciplinary approaches. The parallel and associated poster sessions will accommodate top-level ongoing research. Up to five sessions will be run in parallel at the OSM, allowing accommodation of a total of 40 sessions.  

The SPC will prepare the program based upon your input, aiming for a fair balance between the topics. Please note that the SPC could merge sessions with similar topics (before abstract submission) or with a small number of abstracts (after abstract submission).

Scientists from African institutions are strongly encouraged to submit session proposals. Please inform your colleagues about this opportunity.

Email your proposals until 1 April 2020 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., using the subject line "Call for sessions - PAGES OSM 2021". Please include a provisional title, potential conveners, and a brief description of the session.

We look forward to receiving your suggestions and thank you in advance!

2. Are your details up to date?

Have you recently moved institutions? Or house? Perhaps you have a new email address? Please check that your PAGES People Database account is still current. If you receive a hard copy of the Past Global Changes Magazine, we are very keen to have your new details to cut down on rogue mailouts. You can change your People Database information easily here:

3. Apply to be on our SSC - deadline 24 Feb

PAGES' activities are guided by an international Scientific Steering Committee (SSC). PAGES is calling for applications from scientists to serve on its SSC from January 2021. We encourage applications from scientists in regions currently under-represented and welcome more female applicants. The application deadline is 24 February:

4. Deadline 26 Feb for new working groups and workshop support

Paleoscientists who wish to create a new PAGES working group or apply for financial support to run a workshop should have already contacted a PAGES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) member to discuss your plans. This is a reminder that the deadline for submitting those applications is 26 February.

If you have not contacted an SSC member but still wish to apply, you may do so, but the application may not be looked upon favorably.

All details about working group proposals:
All details about workshop support applications:

5. Working Group news

i. Mailing lists: Did you know all PAGES working groups have designated mailing lists? Stay up to date directly. Access details for all mailing lists here:

ii. 2k Network: a. CLIVASH2k: i. The group will hold the session "Past climate variability from Antarctica and the Southern Ocean" at SCAR COMNAP 2020, to be held from 3-7 August 2020 in Hobart, Australia. Abstracts due 28 February. All details:
ii. CLIVASH2k recently published a paper in Geosciences. See point 7 for all details.
b. A new PALEOLINK paper has been published in Climate of the Past. See point 7 for all details.
c. The Iso2k project has a paper about its database open for discussion in Earth System Science Data. See point 7 for all details.

iii. ACME: The first ACME workshop will take place from 1-2 May in Vienna, Austria, prior to EGU 2020. Group leaders welcome participants working on cryosphere and ecosystem changes and interactions across historical and geological timescales, including early career scientists. The workshop is open to all experts in marine micropalaeontological and biogeochemical proxies and is free of charge, but the number of participants is limited to 30. The workshop aims to evaluate the state of the discipline as seen by the wider community; define the community criteria to build a database of proxies commonly used for palaeo-reconstructions in Arctic coastal and fjord environments; and discuss the future direction of, and planned products for, ACME. Register by 21 February. See point 8 for all details.

iv. C-PEAT: a. New collaborative project - do you have charcoal data? C-PEAT has announced the new HOLOPEATFIRE project, focussed on peatlands fires in the Holocene, and encourages your participation. The aim is to carry out a global-scale analysis of peatland fires (tropics to the poles) through time, and write it up as a multi-author paper for Nature-group/PNAS or similar. The steering group include Graeme Swindles, Angela Gallego-Sala, Julie Loisel, Mark Hardiman, Phil Camill, Paul Morris, Maarten Blaauw and Tom Roland. Everyone who contributes data or other expertise will be an author on the work as default.
Contact Graeme Swindles This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to declare your interest. Please also advise if you like to be involved more in the steering group and/or contribute to the analysis or any other aspects of the project. Plus, if you have any charcoal data from a peatland with an associated chronology and would like to be involved then please contact Graeme for the template to fill out. They would like all data to be submitted by September 2020.
. The second workshop of the group's second phase has been announced for May 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. PAGES has provided some financial support. See point 8 for all details.

v. C-SIDE: The group's third workshop will be held in May 2021 (2021) in Bordeaux, France. PAGES has provided some financial support. See point 8 for all details.

vi. CVAS: a. The group is now in its second three-year phase. Read more about its new plans and scientific goals and sign up to the mailing list:
b. Register by 31 March for the CVAS workshop "Beyond Palaeoclimate Ping Pong: Improving estimates of past climate variability by consistent data-model comparison" from 2-5 June 2020 in Heidelberg, Germany. See point 8 for all details.

vii. EcoRe3: The group is now in its final year and will hold its final workshop in March 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. See point 8 for all details.

viii. LandCover6k: a. The group has published two new papers - the first pollen-based REVEALS reconstruction of Holocene land-cover change in temperate China and a spatially explicit analysis of wheat and maize yield sensitivity to changing groundwater levels in Hungary, 1961–2010. See point 7 for all details.
b. A land-use mapping workshop for South and Southeast Asia will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, on 9 May 2020. See point 8 for all details.
c. The group will hold the session "Quantitative reconstruction of Holocene land-use and land-cover change: advances and applications" at the joint 15th International Palynological Congress (IPCXV 2020) and the 11th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference (IOPC-XI 2020) from 12-19 September 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic. Abstracts due 31 March. All details:
d. The group will hold the session "The PAGES LandCover6K Land Use Group in Africa: Benefits and Drawbacks of a Global Initiative" at the Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA) Conference from 21-24 September 2020 in Oxford, UK. All details:
e. Register your interest to attend by 1 July for the group's 4th General Workshop to be held from 9-10 October 2020 in Philadelphia, USA. All are welcome. Information about funding will be announced as soon as possible. See point 8 for more details.

ix. PALSEA: The next workshop will be held in September 2020 in Palisades, NY, USA. PAGES has provided some financial support. See point 8 for all details.

x. PEOPLE 3000: The next workshop will be held in May 2020 in Arica, Chile. PAGES has provided some financial support. See point 8 for all details.

xi. QUIGS: a. Group members have a paper open for comments in Climate of the Past Discussions. See point 7 for all details.
b. The next workshop will be held in September 2020 in Cassis, France. PAGES has provided some financial support. See point 8 for all details.

xii. SISAL: The first phase of the SISAL working group has now officially come to an end. Over the past three years, the group has created an extensive speleothem database with more than 690 speleothem records, published a set of regional papers highlighting the potential of using the SISAL database for regional palaeoclimate analysis, established a protocol for using SISAL for data-model comparisons, and helped bring open paleodata practises to the speleothem community. Phase 2 has now begun. The group will continue for a second three-year phase with the objective of bringing together isotopes, trace elements and cave monitoring data. Find out more, and how to be involved, on SISAL's new webpages:

xiii. VICS: The group will hold a workshop from 30 September to 2 October 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark. PAGES has provided some financial support. See point 8 for all details.

6. PAGES Early-Career Network updates and survey

i. The ECN is conducting a survey to gather information on how ECRs currently perceive and navigate the structures within PAGES. More specifically, they would like to understand the current status of ECR involvement in existing working groups, and identify current and future opportunities, as well as issues or obstacles that might be hindering ECR involvement. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and should be submitted by 29 February:

ii. The PAGES-INQUA ECR workshop "Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)" will be held from 9-13 November 2020 in La Serena y Coquimbo, Chile. Pre-registration has closed and full registration will open in March. See point 8 for all details.

iii. The Early Pages Blog: New post! Collaboration is essential for scientific success. To help you succeed with collaborative projects, Annette Bösmeier introduces a guide specifically for early-career researchers and presents some reflections on both benefits and difficulties in scientific collaboration:

iv. Call for webinar organization - How to apply for jobs: The ECN has plans to host a webinar on the topic "How to apply for jobs" in the coming months. If you have ideas on how it should be organized and/or who to invite for speaker(s), please volunteer to join the organizing team! This is a great opportunity to get more involved with PAGES ECN and advance your professional development and networking skills. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

v. To receive a more comprehensive list of ECN news and announcements, sign up to the mailing list:

7. Recent products

i. GEOTRACES-PAGES: The first paper produced from the joint GEOTRACES-PAGES workshop held in France in December 2018 has been published in Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology. Authors synthesized over 1000 sedimentary records of 230Th from across the global ocean at two time slices, the Late Holocene (0-5000 years ago, or 0-5 ka) and the Last Glacial Maximum (18.5-23.5ka), and investigated the spatial structure of 230Th-normalized mass fluxes:

ii. 2k Network: a. CLIVASH2k: Liz Thomas et al. recently published the paper "Antarctic Sea Ice Proxies from Marine and Ice Core Archives Suitable for Reconstructing Sea Ice over the Past 2000 Years" in Geosciences. The authors collate published records of Antarctic sea ice over the past 2000 years, evaluate the current proxies, and explore the potential of combining marine and ice core records to produce multi-archive reconstructions:
b. PALEOLINK: Oliver Bothe and Eduardo Zorita from the 2k Network's PALEOLINK project published "Proxy surrogate reconstructions for Europe and the estimation of their uncertainties" in Climate of the Past.
c. Iso2k: The Iso2k project of the 2k Network has a paper open for discussion until 1 April in Earth System Science Data. "The Iso2k Database: A global compilation of paleo-δ18O and δ2H records to aid understanding of Common Era climate", by Bronwen Konecky et al., presents the Iso2k database, a global compilation of previously published datasets from a variety of natural archives that record the stable oxygen (δ18O) or hydrogen (δ2H) isotopic composition of environmental waters, which reflect hydroclimate changes over the CE:

iii. LandCover6k: a. Furong Li et al. published "Towards quantification of Holocene anthropogenic land-cover change in temperate China: A review in the light of pollen-based REVEALS reconstructions of regional plant cover" in Earth-Science Reviews. Authors applied the REVEALS model to estimate plant-cover change using 94 pollen records and relative pollen productivity for 27 plant taxa, reviewed earlier interpretation of pollen studies in terms of climate- and human-induced vegetation change, and reviewed information on past land use from archaeological studies:
b. Zsolt Pinke et al. published "A spatially explicit analysis of wheat and maize yield sensitivity to changing groundwater levels in Hungary, 1961–2010" in Science of the Total Environment. The authors used a 50-year long and spatially extensive (283 groundwater wells) dataset from Hungary to examine the groundwater trends and the sensitivity of the yields of two important crops to groundwater fluctuations:

iv. PlioVAR: a. Maria Luisa Sánchez-Montes et al. published "Late Pliocene Cordilleran Ice Sheet development with warm northeast Pacific sea surface temperatures" in Climate of the Past. Authors present alkenone-derived sea surface temperature analyses alongside ice-rafted debris, terrigenous, and marine organic matter inputs to the Gulf of Alaska through the late Pliocene and early Pleistocene. All records show a high degree of variability in the early Pleistocene, indicating highly efficient ocean–climate–ice interactions through warm SST–ocean evaporation–orographic precipitation–ice growth mechanisms:
b. Another paper is open for comments until 5 March in Climate of the Past Discussions. "Lessons from a high CO2 world: an ocean view from ~ 3 million years ago" by Erin McClymont et al. examines sea-surface temperature response to an interval of climate ~ 3.2 million years ago, when CO2 concentrations were similar to today and the near-future. Their geological data and climate models show that global mean sea-surface temperatures were 2.3 to 3.2 ºC warmer than pre-industrial climate, that the mid- and high-latitudes warmed more than the tropics, and that the warming was particularly enhanced in the North Atlantic Ocean:

v. QUIGS: Bette Otto-Bliesner et al. have the paper "Large-scale features of Last Interglacial climate: Results from evaluating the lig127k simulations for CMIP6-PMIP4" open for discussion in Climate of the Past Discussions until 17 March. The CMIP6-PMIP4 lig127k simulations, in combination with the proxy record, have potential implications for confidence in future projections of monsoons, surface temperature, Arctic sea ice, and the stability of the Greenland ice sheet:

8. Working Group meetings and deadlines

i. ACME:
Towards reliable proxy-based reconstructions: community perspectives and criteria for the ACME database
Vienna, Austria
1-2 May 2020
Registration and support deadline: 21 February

ii. C-PEAT:
Tropical peatland processes and ecosystem services workshop
Bangkok, Thailand
13-17 May 2020
Registration deadline: 15 March

iii. C-SIDE:
Integrating sea-ice proxies, model simulations, and complementary records of glacial-interglacial climate change
Bordeaux, France
May 2021
Deadlines: TBA

iv. CVAS:
Beyond Palaeoclimate Ping Pong: Improving estimates of past climate variability by consistent data-model comparison
Heidelberg, Germany
2-5 June 2020
Registration deadline: 31 March

v. ECN:
PAGES-INQUA ECR workshop: Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)
La Serena, Chile
9-13 November 2020
Abstract submission and grant requests deadline: early April

vi. EcoRe3
An introduction to the analysis of palaeoecological time-series: abrupt change and resilience
Cape Town, South Africa
16-20 March 2020
Funding and registration deadline: 2 March

vii. LandCover6k:
a. Land-use mapping workshop for South and Southeast Asia
Philadelphia, PA, USA
9 May 2020
Deadlines: No deadlines to attend

b. 4th General Workshop: New Land-Cover and Land-Use Datasets for evaluation and improvement of Anthropogenic Land-Cover Change Scenarios
Philadelphia, PA, USA
9-10 October 2020
Register your interest by: 1 July

viii. PALSEA:
Improving understanding of ice-sheet and solid-Earth processes driving paleo sea-level change
Palisades, NY, USA
14-16 September 2020
Deadlines: TBA

ix. PEOPLE 3000:
Understanding long-term human-environment feedback loops through the integration of archeology, paleoclimate and ecological mode
Arica, Chile
19-23 May 2020
Abstract deadline: 22 March

Glacial Terminations: processes and feedbacks
Cassis, France
22-24 September 2020
Open abstract submission/registration: early May 2020
Deadline for abstract submission and travel support: early June 2020

xi. VICS:
Moving forward by looking back
Aarhus, Denmark
30 September to 2 October 2020
Deadlines: TBA

9. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings

PAGES is pleased to have an association with the following workshops and conferences and has provided either financial support or an endorsement.

i. Using long-term data for sustainability, resilience and biodiversity conservation
Cape Town, South Africa
26 March 2020
Registration is free. Deadline: 16 March

ii. Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress
Brisbane, Australia
14-17 June 2020
Abstract deadline extended: 15 March
Early-bird registration deadline: 15 April

iii. Climate Change, The Karst Record (KR9 Conference)
Innsbruck, Austria
11-20 July 2020
Abstract deadline extended: 22 February
Early-bird registration deadline: 29 February

iv. The 19th International Swiss Climate Summer School
Grindelwald, Switzerland
23-28 August 2020

v. Carpathian-Balkan Paleoscience Workshop 2020 (CBPW2020)
Sacel, Maramures, Romania
31 August to 4 September 2020
Early-bird registration deadline: 1 May

vi. IPICS 3rd Open Science Conference
Crans Montana, Switzerland
18-23 October 2020
Abstract submission, registration, and travel support application deadline: 30 April

10. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. CarpClim: The newly endorsed Carpathian Climate and Environment Working Group (CarpClim) will hold a workshop in September 2020, supported by PAGES. See point 9 for all details.

ii. IPICS: Abstract submission is open until 30 April for the PAGES-supported 3rd International Partnership in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) Open Science Conference to be held from 18-23 October 2020 in Crans Montana, Switzerland. The programs for the conference and the accompanying Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) workshop are also now available online. See point 9 for all details.

iii. PMIP: PMIP has a special issue in Climate of the Past with many papers open for discussion (preprint under review). These papers focus on: the design of the PMIP4 experiments; data syntheses to which model results can be compared; and analysing single or multi-model results from PMIP4 and CMIP6 experiments. The deadlines for comments vary for each article. Access them all here:

iv. Find out more about PAGES' endorsed and affiliated groups here:

11. Future Earth updates

i. Our Future on Earth 2020: Humanity is at a critical stage in the transition to a more sustainable planet and society. Our actions in the next decade will determine our collective path forward. The report aims to tell the story of where we are on our collective journey by connecting the dots between what society is currently experiencing – from fires to food shortages to a rise in populism – with recent developments in the research community. The report is the result of the hard work of dozens of scientists and researchers within our global network over the last year, offering the reader an unparalleled global snapshot of the challenges to planetary sustainability:

ii. Deadline for applications to be a Future Earth Asia Regional Committee member has been extended to 29 February. All details:

iii. Future Earth​ Risks Perceptions: The Global Risks Perceptions Initiative has released its 2020 report:

iv. Call for hosts for #SRI2021: Future Earth and the Belmont Forum are seeking a host or hosts interested in joining as a core convener in the development of the Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress 2021 (SRI2021). Applications close 8 March:

v. Abstract submissions extended to 15 March for the inaugural Future Earth and Belmont Forum Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2020) to be held from 14-17 June 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. PAGES is involved in several sessions/events. See point 9 for all details.

vi. Read the Future Earth January Newsletter:

vii. Read the Global Land Programme January e-news:

viii. Read the Mountain Research Initiative January Newsletter:

12. WCRP update

i. The World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) is celebrating 40 years of international climate science in 2020. To mark this milestone, a special WCRP Climate Science Week was held as part of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco in December 2019. A film was made as part of that event to show the contributions that WCRP has made to international climate science in the past, as well as today, and its plans for the future. Access the long and short versions here:

ii. Read the CLIVAR February Bulletin:

13. World Data System of the International Science Council (WDS) update

The WDS co-convened Second Latin America and the Caribbean Scientific Data Management Workshop will be held from 14–15 April 2020 in São Paulo, Brazil, in collaboration with the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), and the Research Data Alliance. The deadline for abstract submission has been extended for the last time to 1 March. All details:

14. Other news and opportunities

i. An open letter, supported by 370 scientists with research expertise across the fields of climate, fire and weather science, has been published as a result of the recent Australian fire disaster. Several of the lead authors are involved in PAGES' activities. Read "There is no strong, resilient Australia without deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions":

ii. The Spring 2020 Newsletter from the Princeton Climate Change and History Research Initiative is now available:
Find out more on the official website:

iii. PAGES is supported by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). Their Sustainability Research Initiative aims to direct science towards sustainable development and Agenda 2030, thereby supporting the work on socially-relevant priority issues. It represents Switzerland in the international Future Earth program. Find out more: Sign up for the newsletter, which plans to be released a few times per year, and access all previous issues, here:

iv. Register by 22 April to attend the PalaeoSIG Science Communication and Writing Workshop from 13-14 May 2020 at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. This workshop aims to provide training and practice in writing effectively about palaeoecological research for non-specialist audiences, and produce accessible summaries of 50 influential palaeoecology articles. All details:


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