PAGES e-news vol. 2017, no.2


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2017, no. 2


1. Early registration extended to 1 March for PAGES 5th OSM
2. PAGES supports Future Earth statement on international science
3. PAGES new SSC co-chair Willy Tinner
. Apply to be a PAGES SSC member
5. New working group proposals due 3 April

6. New workshop/meeting support proposals due 3 April
7. 10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference
8. PAGES Working Group meetings and deadlines
9. Upcoming PAGES-supported meetings
10. Recent PAGES products
11. Floods Working Group metadata collection
12. PAGES at EGU 2017
13. Future Earth updates

14. WCRP updates
15. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates
16. IPCC AR6 questionnaire


1. Early registration extended to 1 March for PAGES 5th OSM

All participant notifications have now been sent for PAGES 5th Open Science Meeting (Zaragoza, Spain, 9-13 May 2017).
Early registration has been extended to 1 March. Register here:
The OSM website is being updated regularly. The plenary and parallel sessions have been confirmed:
Join one or more of the planned social activities - for example the football (soccer) PAGES CUP on Wednesday 10 May!

2. PAGES supports Future Earth statement on international science

PAGES is open and inclusive to all scientists interested in past global changes. PAGES' parent organization Future Earth recently wrote a statement affirming its commitment to supporting international collaboration and the free movement of scientists and flow of data, information and knowledge for global sustainability. PAGES fully supports the Future Earth statement:

3. PAGES new SSC co-chair Willy Tinner

PAGES welcomed Willy Tinner as the new Scientific Steering Committee co-chair in January 2017. Read more about his plans:

4. Apply to be a PAGES SSC member

PAGES is calling for applications from scientists to serve on its Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) from January 2018. The SSC is the body responsible for overseeing PAGES activities. Scientists serve on the SSC initially for a term of three years, with the potential of renewing for an additional term. Three positions are available for this call. Application deadline: 3 April. Read more:

5. New working group proposals due 3 April

Does your heart pound for paleoscience? Know others who feel the same? Propose a new working group addressing an international paleoscience theme. Read more:

6. New workshop/meeting support proposals due 3 April

PAGES offers meeting support under three categories of workshop: Official PAGES' working group, Open Call and Educational. Read more:

7. 10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference

ICDC10 (Interlaken, Switzerland, 21-25 August 2017) will be organized around themes and "Grand Challenges" that integrate across different reservoirs, ecosystems and disciplines. The overarching goal is to elucidate how human activities, including fossil fuel emissions and land use, influence the coupled carbon-climate system. Contributions from natural and social scientists and from all disciplines addressing the global carbon cycle and its anthropogenic perturbation are invited. Abstract deadline: 28 February. All details:

PAGES Working Group meetings and deadlines

i. Aquatic Transitions:
South East Asia-Oceania workshop
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
15-17 February 2017

ii. C-PEAT:
"TropPeat: Low-latitude peat-forming ecosystems: past, present, future" workshop
Honolulu, Hawaii
New workshop date! 7-9 June 2017
New application deadline: 5 May

iii. DAPS:
Proxy system modeling and data assimilation in paleosciences workshop
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
29 May-1 June 2017

iv. EcoRe3:
1st Workshop "Measuring Components of Resilience in Long-term Ecological Datasets"
Bergen, Norway
27-31 March 2017

v. LandCover6k:
LandCover6k workshop and training course for scientists working in Asia
Shijiazhuang, China
6-11 March 2017

vi. OC3:
Ocean Circulation and Carbon Cycling during the Last Deglaciation: Regional Syntheses of Carbon Isotope Data
Corvallis, USA
27-29 June 2017
Abstract deadline: 27 March

vii. PlioVAR:
Towards a synthesis of late Pliocene climate variability recorded in marine sediment archives workshop
Durham, UK
19-21 April 2017
Financial support application deadline: 1 March
Expressions of interest deadline: 10 March

viii. QUIGS:
Interglacials of the 41kyr-world and of the Middle Pleistocene Transition
Molyvos, Greece
28-30 August 2017
Expressions of interest deadline: 10 March

ix. Warmer Worlds:
PAGES Integrative Activity 1st workshop "Lessons learnt from paleoscience on a possible 1.5-2°C warmer world in the future"
Bern, Switzerland
5-7 April 2017

9. Upcoming PAGES-supported meetings

i. Pollen-Climate Methods Inter-comparison Project (PC-MIP) Workshop
Caux, Switzerland
13-15 June 2017
Deadline: 28 February

ii. 10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference
Interlaken, Switzerland
21-25 August 2017
Abstract deadline: 28 February

iii. Climate Change: The Karst Record VIII (KR8) Conference
Austin, Texas, USA
21-24 May 2017
Registration deadline: 10 March

iv. Toward a Global Synthesis of Stable Isotope Records from Speleothems
Dublin, Ireland
21-23 June 2017
Applications open now

v. 1st PMIP Phase 4 meeting
Stockholm, Sweden
25-29 September 2017

10. Recent PAGES products

i. A new PAGES 2k Network/Euro-Med2k working group paper discussing the problems with large-scale, multiproxy temperature reconstructions was published in Reviews of Geophysics:

ii. PAGES 2k coordinator Nerilie Abram was recently interviewed on Forecast, a podcast about climate science and climate scientists
from Michael White, Nature's editor for climate science:

11. Floods Working Group metadata collection

PAGES' Floods Working Group would like to assemble a worldwide overview of the existing (published) flood records based on historical or natural archives. This metadata collection will serve to promote all these records to a broad community (through the FWG website and at the OSM). It will also serve as a first step for the database project of the FWG and as a basis for a review paper on flood reconstructions. Read more and find out how to submit your findings:

12. PAGES at EGU 2017

The next EGU General Assembly will be held in Vienna, Austria, from 23-28 April 2017.

i. 2k Network: Studying the climate of the last two millennia (Session CL1.03)
ii. C-PEAT: Tropical Peatlands (Session BG2.5/SSS6.12)
iii. Floods Working Group: Flood and weather extremes of the past (Session CL1.25/AS4.26/HS2.4.5)
iv. CVAS: Climate Variability Across Scales (Session: NP3.3/CL5.19)

13. Future Earth updates

i. The Future Earth community, and those wishing to join this global community, are invited to propose sessions for the International Conference on Sustainability Sciences Conference (ICSS), August 24-26, 2017, through the Future Earth Knowledge Action Networks. The call is open to all. However, Future Earth asks that each proposal becomes connected to Future Earth, formally or informally, through one of the Knowledge Action Networks for which your session proposal is best fitted. Where a proposal spans a number of Knowledge-Action Networks, simply select on and highlight which other KANs areas are addressed. Proposals that span more than one KAN are welcome.
Deadline for session proposals: 28 February.

ii. Development of an Integrated Ocean Research Network (Future Earth Oceans Knowledge-Action Network): Read a summary of a recent workshop in Kiel, Germany, where scientists and stakeholders from around the world discussed priorities for a Knowledge-Action Network focusing on the ocean.

iii. JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting 2017: Future Earth is organising sessions focusing on ocean sustainability and planetary health at the 2017 joint meeting of the Japan Geoscience Union (JpGU) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Abstract deadline: 16 February.

iv. Tracking carbon emissions from many different angles: In a new Q&A on the Future Earth blog, Glen Peters of the Global Carbon Project discusses the difficulty of tracking the changes in fossil fuel emissions – and why it's critical for meeting international climate targets.

v. Join the webinar: Transformative innovation for a 1.5°C world: Take part in a discussion about how sustainability innovation can drive fundamental shifts in societies around the world on 3 March at 13:00 CET. Webinar will be archived here:

14. WCRP updates

i. WCRP has a new Data Policy, to encourage promotion of and open access to scientific data. News item: Data Policy:

ii. The International WCRP/IOC Conference "Regional Sea Level Changes and Coastal Impacts" will be held in New York, USA, from 10-14 July 2017. Registration opens: 15 March.

iii. Save the date! SPARC General Assembly 2018 (1-6 October 2018, Kyoto, Japan). News item:

15. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. a. Historical Climatology: In the fifth episode of the Climate History Podcast, Dr. Sam White of Ohio State University talks about the "Little Ice Age":
b. Two new articles - El Nino, drought, and the economic history of Brazil: and teaching climate change by combining diverse disciplinary methods and topics:

ii. Climate History Network: Read the Winter 2017 newsletter:

16. IPCC AR6 questionnaire

The Working Group I (WGI) Co-Chairs of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) together with the WGI Technical Support Unit have invited PAGES subscribers to be involved in a questionnaire to elicit input on the structure and content of the Working Group I (the 'Physical Science Basis') contribution to the forthcoming IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, i.e. the WGI AR6 report.

Completed questionnaires should be returned to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 17:00 CET Friday 17 February. Respondents should fill in the form using a PDF viewer (e.g. Adobe Reader), and save it as a PDF within such software (e.g. File > Save). Additional background and instructions are provided in the cover letter on the first page:



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