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PAGES Newsletter August 2022

There are a number of deadlines coming up that PAGES would like to highlight in this month’s newsletter, including Early Career Award nominations and Expressions of Interest to host the 2025 OSM and YSM. Access the recordings of past webinars, see the latest papers that have been published and stay in the loop for upcoming workshop news by PAGES working groups, and endorsed and affiliated groups.  

CONTENTS

1. PAGES people database
2. We are hiring!
3. Early-career award call for nominations open
4. Expressions of interest to host the 2025 OSM and YSM
5. Deadline for PAGES support and new working group proposals
6. Working group news
7. Supported and endorsed workshops, endorsed, affiliated and past working groups' news
8. Future Earth
9. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
10. Other news and opportunities

1. 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: pages@pages.unibe.ch

2. We are hiring!

We are seeking a new Science Officer for our dedicated international team at the PAGES International Project Office in Bern, Switzerland, to take over responsibilities for implementing and developing paleoscience activities, managing PAGES products, and networking within the international global change community. Applications are accepted until position is filled (review of applications will start on 15 September 2022). > More information

3. Early-career award call for nominations open

PAGES is pleased to announce that the call for the biennial Early-Career Award (ECA) for excellence in collaborative scholarship, including research, communication, outreach, leadership, networking, community service, and international collaboration is open. The deadline to submit nominations is 03 October. > More information

4. Expressions of interest to host the 2025 OSM and YSM

PAGES is inviting expressions of interest to host the 2025 PAGES Open Science Meeting and Young Scientists Meeting. The bidding process will take place in two stages, with expressions of interest (EoI) due 3 October 2022. The SSC will then invite a shortlist of selected potential hosts to submit a full bid by the end of 2022. > More information

5. Deadline for PAGES support and new working group proposals

The next PAGES deadline to submit new working group proposals, and to apply for financial support for workshops and meetings support is 19 September. Please keep in mind that applications for workshop and meeting support should be received at least six months before the planned event date. If you would like to propose a new working group, you are requested to contact a member of the PAGES Scientific Steering Committee, discussing your plans, at least two weeks before you submit this proposal.​ > More information  

6. Working group news

i. Mailing lists

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

To receive Early-Career Network (ECN) news and announcements, sign up to the mailing list.

ii. Carbon in Peat on Earth through Time (C-PEAT)

a. The C-PEAT workshops are back! Given the current COVID-19 circumstances and the group’s wish to reduce their carbon footprint, they are trying a new format for this year's workshop with 3 in-person "hubs": America, Europe/Africa, and Asia. They are planning a three-day workshop, either on 14-16 November or 16-18 November. Please save the dates, the final dates will be confirmed as soon as possible. The group is still looking for Asia hub workshop leads. > More information
 
b. The Global Peatlands Initiative is in the process of writing its first "Global Peatlands Assessment" (GPA) report. The second order draft of the chapters is now available for external open peer review. The GPA is one of the flagship products being developed under the Global Peatlands Initiative (GPI). The assessment aims to establish the State of the World’s Peatlands and will be important as a basis for work towards a future Global Peatlands Inventory.Together with other GPI flagship products, such as the Global Peatland Map and the Global Hotspot Atlas of Peatlands, the GPA is part of the GPI’s mission to support countries to address the challenges they face due to peatland degradation and loss. The draft chapters have previously undergone internal and external expert peer review processes. Your feedback is now kindly requested during this open peer review period to advise how the current drafts could be improved before publication.

If you would like to view the draft chapters and contribute to the GPA open peer review process, please sign this declaration form.
If you are a co-author on a chapter, you are welcome to take this call as an opportunity to provide feedback to other chapters, if you wish to do so.

iii. Climate Variability Across Scales (CVAS)

Procyk et al. recently published a paper entitled, "The fractional energy balance equation for climate projections through 2100" in Earth System Dynamics. Simple energy-balance models provide an alternative to general circulation models (GCMs) that allows the basic principles of the climate system to be investigated in a computationally efficient manner. Procyk et al. present an improvement to the energy-balance approach that includes an energy-storage component that better simulates transient changes in the Earth’s climate. The resulting model simulation shows comparable results to more complex GCMs in projections of future climate change. > Article

iv. Human Traces

The group is pleased to invite you to their first in person workshop which will take place right after the IAL-IAP joint meeting, in Bariloche, Argentina, on Saturday, 3 December, 2022. The objectives of the workshop will be 1) to get to know each other; 2) present ongoing activities (Pb record, landscape opening record, webinar series); and 3) launch a lake-sediment database as initiated by the Aquatic Transition working group.

If you are interested, please register by sending an e-mail to: Nathalie.dubois@eawag.ch (deadline: 1 October). Early-career researchers and researchers from low-income countries are invited to apply for financial support by sending a one-page motivation letter and two-page CV. > Calendar

v. Paleo constraints on sea level rise (PALSEA)

a. Pan et al. published a paper in Quaternary Science Reviews entitled, "The influence of lateral Earth structure on inferences of global ice volume during the Last Glacial Maximum". > Article

b. Khan et al. recently published a paper in Global and Planetary Change entitled, "Relative sea-level change in South Florida during the past ~5 years". > Article

vi. Disentangling climate and pre-industrial human impacts on marine ecosystems (Q-MARE)

a. The talk by Dr. Nussaïbah B. Raja-Schoob on "Predicting extinction risk: Lessons from the past for problems of the future" held on 3 August is now available to watch on the PAGES YouTube channel. > Watch

b. The next talk will be held on 7 September 14:00 UTC (16:00 CEST) by Ruth Thurstan on "Using historical approaches to evidence marine ecosystem change: Industrial Revolution to the present". > Calendar

c. The group will be hosting an online workshop from 5-7 December from 13:00 - 15:00 UTC (15:00 - 18:00 CET) on "Quaternary marine ecosystems: climate versus human impacts in the pre-industrial era". The workshop aims to assemble: 1) published data of marine death assemblages, archaeological data and historical records to write a review on pre-industrial human and climate impacts on marine ecosystems; and 2) metadata on available sedimentary archives that could be repurposed to obtain marine death assemblages. > Register

d. Watch past seminar recordings on the PAGES YouTube playlist. > Watch

vii. PAGES-PMIP Working Group on Quaternary Interglacials (QUIGS)

The QUIGS workshop “Interglacials of the 41kyr-world and the Middle Pleistocene Transition '' will be taking place from 19-21 September in New York, USA. > Calendar

viii. Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and Analysis (SISAL)

a. Bühler et al. recently published a paper entitled, "Investigating stable oxygen and carbon isotopic variability in speleothem records over the last millennium using multiple isotope-enabled climate models" in Climate of the Past. The authors argue that "by exploring new ways of analyzing the relationship between the oxygen and carbon isotopes, their variability, and co-variability across timescales, we provide methods that may serve as a baseline for future studies with different models using, e.g., different isotopes, different climate archives, or different time periods." > Article

b. The new publication "Southeast Asian dust flux reconstructed using accurately dated stalagmite thorium concentrations" by Verniers et al. was recently published in Results in Geochemistry. The SISAL working group provided access crucial data for this paper. > Article
 
c. As phase 2 of the SISAL working group is coming to an end (sunsetting end of February 2023), the working group leaders would like to know if there is interest in proposing and leading a phase 3. If anyone feels up to the task, please write to sisal.pages@lists.unibe.ch. The deadline for working group extension proposals is 19 September 2022.

7. Supported and endorsed workshops, endorsed, affiliated and past working 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
> Apply for workshop or conference endorsement
> See PAGES former working groups

i. Ocean Circulation and Carbon Cycling (OC3)

Watch all recordings on the PAGES YouTube playlist. > Watch

ii. LandCover6K

a. Pinke et al. recently published "Changing patterns of soil water content and relationship with national wheat and maize production in Europe" in European Journal of Agronomy. Decreasing soil-water content poses a considerable threat crop yields in Europe. This paper discusses the warning signs and call for an effective intervention of soil water conservation. > Article

b. Pinke et al. produced another paper in Scientific Reports entitled, "Climate change and modernization drive structural realignments in European grain production". > Article

iii. Climate Change & History Research Initiative (CCHRI)

A recent book published, "Perspectives on Public Policy in Societal-Environmental Crises: What the Future Needs from History", collects a multidisciplinary survey of historical responses to risk, mitigation and resilience. > Read more

8. Future Earth

i. Read the July newsletter

ii. Future Earth Communication Grants Program (second call ends 31 October)

iii. Pathways Postdoctoral Grants: Call for Expressions of Interest

Future Earth's Pathways Initiative has launched a Call for Expressions of Interest for the Pathways Postdoctoral Grants. The grants will support 3 Pathways Projects aimed at encouraging and enhancing collaboration between various research communities working on pathways for sustainability and synthesizing existing knowledge about the approaches for developing pathways within a specific theme. Deadline for Expressions of Interest is 11 September. > Find out more

v. Tipping Points: From Climate Crisis to Positive Transformation event

The event will take place in-person at University of Exeter, UK, from 12-14 September. Registration closes 21 August with limited tickets available. > More information and register

vi. Future Earth Assembly

The first in-person convening of the Future Earth Assembly will take place September 21-23, 2022 in Paris. See the full list of Assembly members here. > Contact

vii. Call for Nominations to the Future Earth Governing Council

As the next Future Earth Assembly meeting (in September in Paris) approaches, the terms of some of the Governing Council members come to an end. The term to sit on the Future Earth Governing Council is for three-years (January 2023 - December 2025). Any member of the Future Earth Community is eligible (Assembly members and non-Assembly members). Please complete this form before 9 September 2022. > Contact

9. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

i. CLIVAR > Read the July newsletter

ii. The first CLIVAR Climate Dynamics Panel (CDP) annual workshop

External versus internal variability on decadal and longer time scales will be taking place over six weeks, in two-hour online weekly sessions from 12 September to 21 October. This workshop will target understanding of internal and externally forced variability in the climate system, their interaction on decadal timescales and longer, and the effects of variability on extreme events. The registration deadline is 1 September. > Calendar

10. Other news and opportunities

i. Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) > Read the July Newsletter

ii. 10th Galileo Conference: The warm Pliocene: Bridging the geological data and modelling communities

This workshop will take place from 23 to 26 August 2022 in Leeds, United Kingdom and is organized as Galileo Conference, in-person with virtual.

iii. Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)

We keep working hard during summer to prepare the long-waited in-person ECR workshop "Past Socio-Environmental Systems" in La Serena, Chile 20-24 November 2022. > Calendar
 
iv. The SCAR Instabilities and thresholds in Antarctica (INSTANT) Conference

This conference will take place in Trieste, Italy from 11-14 September 2023. The first circular will be out in September 2022. > Calendar
 
v. INQUA Rome 2023

A reminder that the deadline for abstract submission will close on 1 November 2022. If your working group is hosting a session, please contact us (pages@pages.unibe.ch) to let us know so we can add this to the calendar.

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