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e-news February 2022

PAGES Newsletter February 2022


1. OSM and YSM deadline extension
2. PAGES mobility fellowships
3. PAGES people database
4. New working group
5. Working group news
6. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)
7. Recent publications
8. Supported and endorsed workshops, and endorsed and affiliated groups' news
9. Future Earth
10. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
11. Other news and opportunities



1. OSM and YSM deadline extension

The PAGES EXCOM and OSM/YSM Local Organizing Committee have made the decision to extend the deadline for abstract submissions to the 6th Open Science Meeting (OSM) and applications for the 4th Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) to 11 February. > Visit the website


2. PAGES mobility fellowships

As part of an effort to actively promote the participation of early-career scientists and scientists from low- and middle-income countries in relevant working groups, workshops, and other activities, PAGES launched two mobility fellowships in 2021. The first awardees of the Inter-Africa Mobility Research Fellowship Program can be seen here, and the first awardees of the IAI International Mobility Research Fellowship Program for Latin America and the Caribbean here. > More information 

3. PAGES people database

Please help us keep the PAGES People Database up to date. Have you changed institutions or are you about to move? Would you prefer to receive an electronic copy rather than a hard copy of the PAGES magazine? You can update your account preferences easily here. If you have access difficulties, we can help: 

4. New working groups

PlioMioVAR - Pliocene and Miocene climate variability over glacial-interglacial timescales launched in February 2022. The overall goal of the group is to co-ordinate a synthesis of terrestrial and marine data to characterise spatial and temporal variability of Pliocene and Miocene climate. The programme builds on key priorities identified by the community in the PAGES PlioVAR working group. 

5. Working group news

i. The next deadline for proposing a new PAGES working group, for endorsement or affiliation of your external work group, or financial support for existing working group workshops or meetings is 31 March. > Apply for support

ii. Mailing lists
Did you know all PAGES working groups have designated mailing lists? Stay up to date directly. > Details for all mailing lists

iii. 2k Network
PALEOLINK: Two new papers have been published contributing to the PALEOLINK project. García-García et al. have published in Geoscientific Model Development on "WRF v.3.9 sensitivity to land surface model and horizontal resolution changes over North America" and Ludwig P and Hochman A have published an article in Environmental Research Letters on "Last glacial maximum hydro-climate and cyclone characteristics in the Levant: a regional modelling perspective". See point 7 for details. 

iv. Arctic Cryosphere Change and Coastal Marine Ecosystems (ACME)
Heikkilä M et al. have published an invited review on "Predicting the future of coastal marine ecosystems in the rapidly changing Arctic: The potential of palaeoenvironmental records" in Anthropocene. See point 7 for details.

v. Carbon in Peat on EArth through Time (C-PEAT)
You can listen to Julie Loisel, C-PEAT leader, talk about peatlands and climate change on episode 3 of the podcast "For Peat's Sake" available on Spotify. The conversation features discussions around how climate and peatlands are connected, how peatlands have changed in the past, and what is known about their future as important nature-based climate solutions. > Listen  

vi. Integrating diverse knowledge systems for environmental policy (DiverseK)
a. The call for papers with the Special Topic on Transdisciplinarity, Palaeoecology and Sustainable Conservation: “Past Forward: Using Long-Term Data as Part of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Biodiversity Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services" is now open for submissions in Frontiers in Conservation Science. Deadline for abstract submission is 25 February. Submission instructions
b. The PAGES-supported workshop "Synergy between palaeo-scientists and stakeholders for biodiversity conservation in Madagascar and its surrounding islands", organized in collaboration with DiverseK, will be held in two phases in 2022, both online and in Ranomafana, Madagascar. Registration is now open. > Calendar

vii. Floods Working Group
A new paper by Wilhelm B et al. on "Impact of warmer climate periods on flood hazard in the European Alps" has been published in Nature Geoscience. See point 7 for details. 

viii. Human Traces
a. The Human Traces monthly webinar series continues with the third webinar taking place on 16 March 2022 at 15:00 UTC. This webinar will host Dr. Jérémy Jacob, LSCE, France on "Human traces in sewers: taking the pulse of the city" > Calendar  
b. The recording of the first and second webinars are available to watch on the Human Traces YouTube playlist. > Watch 

ix. LandCover6k
a. The group appeals to those interested, to consider submitting a manuscript to one of four special issues of Anthropocene, in recognition of the upcoming 10th anniversary of the magazine. Specifically, the special issue on The Palaeoenvironment: Integrative Research from Local to Global Scales. This special issue will comprise original research and review articles from fields with interests in long-term past human-environment interactions spanning diverse disciplines, including palaeoecology, palaeoclimatology, archaeology, anthropology, history, conservation biology, geomorphology, and social science. > Access the special issue on The Palaeoenvironment: Integrative Research from Local to Global Scales
b. While the LandCover6k working group has sunsetted, this does not mean that LandCover6k science-related activities will stop. Discussions are ongoing and alternatives are being discussed in relation to future plans. Therefore, if you are interested in being involved in future work and collaborations related to past land-use and land-cover change, please contact a member of the coordinating group.

x. Understanding past ecological trends (PaleoEcoGen
The group has launched a seminar series, which will be on the third or fourth Thursday of the month at 15:00 GMT. This seminar series will be focused on critical transitions and how we can potentially use ancient environmental DNA to detect and characterize past ecological transitions in a broad range of environments. > Seminar series. The first seminar in the series will be taking place on 24 February on "Detecting critical transitions and signals of changing resilience from paleo-ecological records: a multivariate approach" with Dr. Zofia Taranu (Aquatic Contaminants Research Division, Environment & Climate Change, Canada). > Calendar

xi. PalEOclimate and the PeopLing of the Earth (PEOPLE 3000)
A new paper by Bird D et al. has been published in Nature on "p3k14c, a synthetic global database of archaeological radiocarbon dates". See point 7 for details. 

xii. Disentangling climate and pre-industrial human impacts on marine ecosystems (Q-MARE)
a. The working group held its first meeting from 17-19 January 2022. The presentations are available under post-meeting material. > Calendar
b. The group would like to announce they have a theme session at the ICES Annual Science Meeting. Deadline for abstracts is 10 March. > Calendar

xiii. Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and AnaLysis (SISAL)
a. The 5th SISAL workshop "Towards a global compilation of speleothem trace element records" will be taking place from 28 February - 4 March 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. This workshop is for SISAL members and speleothem researchers engaging with trace element measurements in karst, cave drip waters and speleothems. Participants are also invited whose research focuses on robust statistical methods of reducing instrumental trace element data and comparing large datasets from multiple speleothems. An additional aim is to ask members of allied PAGES and other groups working on hydroclimate, process and proxy system models, and data assimilation. > Calendar
b. Belem A et al. have published "Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography Perspectives on Integrated, Coordinated, Open, Networked (ICON) Science" in Earth and Science Space. See point 7 for details. 

xiv. Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS)
a. Plunkett G et al.  investigated ash particles in a Greenland ice core that are associated with a volcanic sulfuric acid layer previously attributed to the 79 CE eruption of Vesuvius. They have published a paper titled "No evidence for tephra in Greenland from the historic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE: implications for geochronology and paleoclimatology" available in Climate of the Past. See point 7 for details. 

6. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)

i. Webinars
a. The PAGES ECN North American Regional Representatives are preparing the next event in the Show and Tell series. On 1 March at 13:00 EST (18:00 UTC), Dr. Clara Rodríguez Morata will present her work analyzing tree rings to study past climate at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Stay tuned for the upcoming listserv and social media announcements for more details and a link to the event. > Mailing list
If you have any ideas for a webinar and want to organize it for PAGES ECN, please reach out to the webinar cluster. Please also refer to the PAGES calendar for a more complete listing of PAGES webinars and other webinars of interest. 
b. The PAGES ECN have created a Jobs, Funding, and Listserv guide for early-career researchers looking for jobs or funding opportunities. This document gives an overview and notes on how to look for resources. The document is open for viewing and is always linked at the bottom of PAGES ECN monthly newsletter. Please send an email to if you have further suggestions that may be added. > Access Guide

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

7. Recent publications

i. 2k Network
The PALEOLINK project of the 2k Network has published two papers. 
a. García-García A et al. have published a paper in Geoscientific Model Development titled "WRF v.3.9 sensitivity to land surface model and horizontal resolution changes over North America". They argue that it is imperative to understand the differences between regional simulations of land–atmosphere interactions and near-surface conditions in order to reliably represent past and future climate. In this paper the authors explore "the effect of changes in the model's horizontal resolution on the simulated energy balance at the surface and near-surface conditions using the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model." > Article
b. Ludwig P and Hochman A have published an article on "Last glacial maximum hydro-climate and cyclone characteristics in the Levant: a regional modelling perspective" in Environmental Research Letters. The paper analyses results from a weather type classification algorithm and regional climate simulations to assess the governing hypthoses that additional water availability in the Levant during the Last Glacial Maximum may be directly linked to increased Cyprus Low frequency and intensity in the region. The study "places projected hydro-climatic drying of the Levant in a long timescale perspective. As such, it improves our understanding of the physical processes influencing the hydrological cycle in this vulnerable region, situated on the border between sub-tropical and mid-latitude climate zones." > Article

ii. ACME
Heikkilä M et al. published an invited review in Anthropocene on "Predicting the future of coastal marine ecosystems in the rapidly changing Arctic: The potential of palaeoenvironmental records". Utilising responses to an open survey conducted by the ACME working group, the paper " (1) provides an overview of current Arctic cryosphere change, (2) reviews state-of-the-art palaeoecological approaches, (3) identifies methodological and knowledge gaps, and (4) discusses the strengths and future potential of palaeoecology and palaeoceanography to respond to societally-relevant coastal marine ecosystem challenges." > Article 

In their paper "Impact of warmer climate periods on flood hazard in the European Alps"  published in Nature Geoscience, Wilhelm B et al. compile palaeoflood records to assess the still uncertain impact climatic trends might have on flood frequency and magnitude in the European Alps. They find that "long, continuous palaeoflood records can be used to disentangle complex climate–flooding relationships and assist in improving risk assessment and management at a regional scale." > Article

iv. PEOPLE 3000
Published in Nature, Bird D et al. present a "synthetic, global-scale archaeological radiocarbon database composed of 180,070 radiocarbon dates that have been cleaned according to a standardized sample selection criteria. This database increases the reusability of archaeological radiocarbon data and streamlines quality control assessments for various types of paleo-demographic research" in their paper "p3k14c, a synthetic global database of archaeological radiocarbon dates". > Article 

Belem A, et al. have written a paper on "Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography Perspectives on Integrated, Coordinated, Open, Networked (ICON) Science" in Earth and Space Science. The authors have written three independent commentaries "This article is composed of three independent commentaries about the state of Integrated, Coordinated, Open, Networked (ICON) principles (Goldman et al., 2021, in the AGU section paleoclimatology and paleoceanography (P&P), and a discussion on the opportunities and challenges of adopting them." > Article 

vi. VICS
Plunkett G et al. investigated ash particles in a Greenland ice core that are associated with a volcanic sulfuric acid layer previously attributed to the 79 CE eruption of Vesuvius titled "No evidence for tephra in Greenland from the historic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 CE: implications for geochronology and paleoclimatology" in Climate of the Past. They find that major and trace element composition of the particles indicates that the tephra does not derive from Vesuvius. In light of a recent re-evaluation of the Greenland ice-core chronologies, the authors' findings further challenge the previous assignation of this volcanic event to 79 CE and highlight the need for he revised Common Era ice-core chronology to be formally accepted by the wider ice-core and climate modeling communities. > Article

8. Supported and endorsed workshops, and endorsed and affiliated groups' news

PAGES is pleased to have an association with the following groups and has provided either financial support or endorsement for the workshops and conferences.
Find out more about PAGES' endorsed and affiliated groups
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i. Varves WG
The Varves WG have started a monthly online seminar series. The second seminar will be taking place on 24 February at 15:00 GMT and will host Dr. Patricia Roeser from the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemunde on "Calcite varves: lesson from lake monitoring" > Calendar
The link for meetings will be given 24 hours before via the VWG mailing list. Please subscribe to the mailing list to receive the link. Suggestions for future presentations on Varve research are more than welcome. Please contact Adrian Palmer or Celia Martin Puertas.

ii. Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS)
a. The next seminar in the ICYS monthly seminar series will take place on 17 February at 14:00 UTC with Thomas Bauska (British Antarctic Survey) on "Where did you come from, where did you go? Tracking ancient CO2 sources and sinks with carbon isotopes" and Florian Krauss (University of Bern) on "Continuous Sublimation Extraction/Laser Spectroscopy - a novel method for greenhouse gas measurements in the oldest ice." > Calendar
b. The 13th seminar in the series was held on 20 January 2022 with Yoshinori Iizuka (Hokkaido University) on “Ice Core Drilling Project at SE-Dome site, southeastern Greenland Ice Sheet" and Shohei Hattori (Nanjing University) on “Acidity-driven enhancement of sulfate formation after SO2 emission control evidenced by 17O-excess of ice core sulfate”. The recordings are now available to watch on the ICYS page. > Watch

iii. Ocean Circulation and Carbon Cycling (OC3) - Former working group
OC3 was a PAGES working group from 2014 to 2019. The group's science-related activities continue, however, and they have launched a seminar series. The seminar will take place on 1 March at 17:00 CEST and will host Juan Muglia on "The OC3 deglacial stable isotope data base: Features and tools". > Calendar

9. Future Earth

i. Read the Future Earth December newsletter

ii. The Future Earth Annual Report 2020/21 was released in December 2021. > Read the annual report

iii. Nominations for the Multidisciplinary Experts Panel of IPBES are open until 9 March. Only IPBES National Focal Points can submit nominations. If you wish to be nominated, contact your focal points ( Elections for the Multidisciplinary Experts Panel will take place during the IPBES-9 Plenary. > More information 

iv. AIMES, the Earth Commission Working Group 1 Earth and Human Systems Intercomparison Modelling Project (EHSMIP) under the Global Commons Alliance, and the Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity of World Climate Research Program (WCRP) are organizing a discussion series that aims to advance the knowledge about tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt changes in the Earth system. Next in the discussion series: Tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt change in the Earth system | Oceans on 11 February > Calendar and Monsoons on 9 March > Calendar 

v. The 10 New Insights in Climate Science series, jointly developed by Future Earth, The Earth League, and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), is an annual synthesis highlighting essential recent advances in climate change research with high policy relevance, from natural and social sciences. The call for topics for this year’s 10 New Insights in Climate Science is now open. Deadline is 20 February. > More information

vi. The World Biodiversity Forum 2022 will take place at Davos Congress Centre, Switzerland, from 26 June -1 July. Registration is open. > More information

vii. Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) > Read the January Newsletter

10. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

i. The call for papers and Registration is now open for the "WCRP Sea Level Conference: Advancing Science, Connecting Society". Deadline for abstract submission is 15 March. > Calendar

ii. The WCRP Open Science Conference 2023, tentatively scheduled for March 2023, will bring together diverse research communities, programs and partners to discuss the latest developments in climate science, with an emphasis on science-based information for decision making. The Conference will also celebrate the achievements of WCRP's Grand Challenges which will close at the end of 2022. Register your interest and/or to receive more information here.

a. US CLIVAR is hosting the 2022 US AMOC Science Team Meeting to bring together researchers working on understanding Atlantic Meridional Overturning Ciruculation. Abstract submission is now open. Deadline for submissions is 18 February. > Calendar
b. Read the February Bulletin > here

11. Other news and opportunities

i. Tephra Fusion 2022 will be hosting a virtual workshop series on 10, 18, 25 February and 3 March, open to members of the multidisciplinary tephra community wanting or needing to learn how to make their data open and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) and learn about the broader landscape. Participants may attend any or all sessions as desired. Contact conveners if you have questions about session content. > Calendar

ii. LinkedEarth have announced their third edition of PaleoHack to take place virtually 9-11 March 2022. The hackathon is open to novice Pythonistas, with little to no experience with the Pyleoclim software package. Applications are due 11 February. > Calendar

iii. The International Association of Limnogeology-International Paleolimnology Association (IAL-IPA) congress will be held 27 Nov - 1 Dec 2022 in Bariloche, Argentina. The upcoming deadline for session proposals has been extended to 11 February. > Calendar 

iv. Call for sessions are open for the SciDataCan 2022 and will close on 14 February at 23:59 UTC. SciDataCon 2022 is part of International Data Week 2022, to be held virtually and in Seoul, Republic of Korea. The main conference will take place on 20-23 June and there will be colocated, hybrid and virtual events both before and after these dates. > Calendar

v. The 10th SCAR Open Science Conference will be held online from 1-10 August 2022 and the theme of the conference is "Antarctica in a Changing World". Due to technical issues and delays caused by the global pandemic, the organisers of SCAR2022 have elected to delay the opening of the Abstract Submission portal for the 10th Open Science Conference until 15 February. The deadline for abstract submission remains 1 June. > Calendar

vi. The First Swedish Climate Symposium 2022 will be taking place in Norrköping, Sweden from 16-18 May. The event aims to showcase Sweden’s contribution to climate research in a broad sense, with links to IPCC reports. Abstract submission deadline is 15 February. > Calendar

vii. Registration for the 15th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2022) onsite is now open and abstracts can be submitted. Please note the deadlines for registration and abstracts as they cannot be extended. Deadline for new abstracts is 23 February.
More information about new abstract submissions for the 15th ICRS, remote virtual participation opportunities, and registration procedures are available here.

viii. The Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 19th annual meeting will be taking place in Singapore from 1-5 August. The abstract submission deadline is 23 February. > Calendar

ix. If you are interested in presenting your most recent research findings at the 15th International Coral Reef Symposium to be held in Germany from 3-8 July, new abstract submissions are now being accepted. The deadline is 23 February and no extensions are possible. > Calendar 

x. The 2022 Ocean Sciences Meeting will be taking place from 27 February - 4 March online. The theme, “Come Together and Connect”, focuses on strengthening the ocean sciences community through discussing both basic and applied research while making scientific and social connections. > Calendar

xi. The PAGES supported meeting "Synergy between palaeo-scientists and stakeholders for biodiversity conservation in Madagascar and its surrounding islands" (title updated) in cooperation with the DiverseK working group, will be held in two phases over the year. The first phase is a virtual workshop that will take place from 23-24 March. The second phase will be held on-site in Madagascar for two days in October/November 2022- January 2023. Registration is now open. > Calendar

xii. IPCC opens registration for the Government and Expert review of the Draft of Synthesis Report of the Sixth Assessment Report. If you are an interested expert, you can register for participation in the review. The Government and Expert Review of the Synthesis Report of the Sixth Assessment Report will take place from 10 January to 20 March, 23:59 (GMT+1). Registration of experts closes on 13 March, 23:59 (GMT+1), one week before the end of the review. > Register 

xiii. INQUA Congress 2023 dates and location have been announced. The XXI Congress of the International union for Quaternary Research "Time for Change" will take place in Rome, Italy from 13 - 20 July 2023. The call to propose sessions is now open, and will close on 31 March. > Calendar

xiv. INQUA-MARE would like to remind everyone that they can actively participate in the process of improving the quality of data used to construct climate prediction models by joining the SCAR-INSTANT (INStabilities & Thresholds in ANTarctica (INSTANT) - (sea level change) ( “Proxies and processes – paleo-reconstructions at seasonal to centennial timescales” and the “SOACEP: Southern Ocean and Antarctic chronology and environmental proxies” subcommittees. > More information

xv. The SCAR INSTANT Scientific Research Program "Instability and Threshold in Antarctica" would like to make Early Career Researchers (ECRs) aware of four scholarships they are funding. The goal of SCAR INSTANT fellowships is to increase the engagement of Early Career Researchers in INSTANT activities and to promote participation of scientists from regions currently under-represented in INSTANT, i.e., South America, Asia and Africa. > Details

xvi. The call for EGU2023 medals and awards is now open. Please consider nominating your colleagues and/or students. > Submit nomination
There is also a division for Early Career Scientist Awards. > Nominate an ECS
And specifically, Climate Division (CL) medals: Milutin Milankovic Medal and the Hans Oeschger Medal

xvii. The Coimbra Group member universities have launched a scholarship programme for short research stays in Europe. The programme, consisting of almost 80 scholarships, is intended for young researchers and staff from universities in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the European Neighbourhood. Contact for details, or download pdf.

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