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Newsletter January 2023

It’s 2023 and PAGES hopes that everyone has had a peaceful and positive start to the new year. In the first PAGES newsletter of the new year, we would like to highlight the upcoming deadline for contributions to Past Global Changes Horizons Magazine on 31 January. In addition, we congratulate the new Early-Career Award (ECA) recipient, Kevin Nota, as well as share details on how to register for the PAGES Symposium which will be taking place on 1 June in Bern, Switzerland. 

  1. PAGES Scientific Steering Committee 
  2. Call for Horizons contributions
  3. PAGES Early-Career Award recipient: Kevin Nota
  4. PAGES Symposium
  5. PAGES poster cluster at WCRP OSC 2023
  6. Deadline for new PAGES WG, DSS, and workshop support applications 
  7. Working group news
  8. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)
  9. Supported and endorsed workshops, endorsed, affiliated and past working groups' news
  10. Future Earth
  11. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
  12. Other news and opportunities 

1. PAGES Scientific Steering Committee 

i. PAGES would like to extend a warm welcome to the incoming Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) members: Lukas Jonkers, Shiling Yang and ECN representative Juliana Nogueira. In addition, we welcome Martin Grosjean as the new EXCOM Co-Chair. In the same breath, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the outgoing SSC members: Elena Ivanova, Ed Brook, and ECN representative Tamara Trofimova, as well as the outgoing PAGES Co-Chair, Willy Tinner, for their commitment and dedication to PAGES. We wish you all the very best. 

ii. PAGES would also like to remind you that the call for applications from scientists to serve on the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) for the term starting January 2024 is open until 5 April. > SSC membership applications 

2.  Call for Horizons contributions

The call for contributions to the next Horizons issue, to be published in September/October 2023 with a special focus on past extreme wet and dry phases, is open. The deadline is 31 January. Horizons magazine, published by PAGES: Past Global Changes Horizons: Picture the past. Change the future, is becoming a popular science magazine, aimed primarily at the younger generation, budding scientists, and all those enthusiasts, both young and old, who are interested in, or want to learn more about, the science of the past. In the words of María Andrés-Rodrigo, Science teacher to 14-16 year olds in Zaragoza, Spain: "Students are really more motivated to engage with studying the environmental science curricula within the natural science domain when they have some illustrated, clear -but robust- science for it. They also like the idea of being addressed by real scientists." > More information 

3. PAGES Early-Career Award recipient: Kevin Nota

PAGES is delighted to announce that Kevin Nota has been selected to receive the PAGES Early-Career Award (ECA) for his exceptional efforts as an early-career researcher. The ECA honors people in the early stages of their career for their engagement both within and beyond the scientific community. Kevin has a PhD in molecular paleoecology from Uppsala University. He is currently a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany, and serves as a board member for the sedaDNA scientific society. > Read more 

4. PAGES Symposium

Just after the annual Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) meeting which will be taking place in Bern, Switzerland, in 2023, PAGES will be hosting a one-day symposium on 1 June which will showcase PAGES working group activities. Participation is free, but registration is compulsory via the webform. The deadline for registration is 15 May. > Register  

5. PAGES poster cluster at WCRP OSC 2023

The WCRP Open Science Conference 2023: Bridging Climate Science and Society will take place from 23-27 October in Rwanda. Abstract submissions are open and will close on 28 February. PAGES Executive Director, Marie-France Loutre, will be convening a poster cluster on behalf of PAGES; PC04: What was the climate like in the past? What does this tell us about the future? PAGES invites all interested parties to submit an abstract by 28 February. > More information 

6. Deadline for new PAGES WG, DSS, and workshop support applications 

The next deadline for applications for new working groups (WGs), Data Stewardship Scholarships (DSS) and financial support for workshops and meetings is 28 March. Please note that an SSC member must be contacted two weeks prior to this deadline in order to discuss plans. > More information 

7. 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 

ii. Climate Variability Across Scales (CVAS

The online seminar series on “Proxy System Modelling” continues, taking place (mainly) on Tuesdays. The next seminar will be taking place on 24 January at 14:00 UTC on Marine Sediments with Bryan Lougheed (Uppsala University, Sweden), Andrew Dolman (AWI) and Brett Melcalfe (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands). > Calendar 

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

a. The group leaders would like to alert everyone that the seminar series zoom link has changed. The updated link is available on the Q-MARE seminar series webpage

b. The recording of the last seminar held on 4 January with Dylan Davis on "Archaeology of sustainability: lessons about coastal land-use strategies from SW Madagascar" is available to watch on the PAGES YouTube channel. > Watch 

c. The next webinar in the series will take place on 01 February at 15:00 UTC with Catalina Pimiento on "The ecological consequences of extinction". > Calendar 

d. The upcoming workshop on "Pre-industrial humans, climates and marine ecosystems in education and research" will take place online from 23-27 January. The schedule with speakers is now available online. Participants can look forward to, amongst others, a short interactive workshop by Anne Egger (US National Association of Geoscience Teachers) on creating teaching modules around the group theme, and a nice array of invited talks, including a keynote talk by Prof. William Cheung (UBC).  Registration is free and open until 20 January. > Calendar 

e. Q-MARE is also organising a workshop on "Geohistorical perspectives on functional connectivity patterns" in Sesimbra, Portugal, from 22-25 May. This workshop will form part of the Symposium on Human Impacts on Marine Functional Connectivity. There are funds available for early-career researchers to travel in order to participate. The deadline for applications is 31 January. Please note that anyone wishing to attend the workshop will have to register for the Q-MARE workshop separately by emailing (q[dot]mare[dot]wg[at]gmail[dot]com). > More information 

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

The group has finalized the dates of their final workshop on “Interglacial intensity”. The meeting will be taking place in Grenoble, France, from 19-22 September and will include talks (19-20 September), an excursion (21 September) and discussion (22 September). Further details will be communicated as soon as these are available. > Calendar 

v. Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and AnaLysis (SISAL)

The group would like to announce that the deadline for the Special Issue "New developments in speleothem paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental science" in Quaternary Research has been extended to 31 January. In addition, for authors requiring extra time, the group could negotiate a later deadline (potentially 28 February) if reasons for the delay are explained by email. For more information, details on submitting an abstract or delays, contact Yassine: (Yassine[dot]AITBRAHIM[at]um6p[dot]ma) and/or Andrea: (andrea[dot]columbu[at]unipr[dot]it). The group invites original research papers, “with the aim of presenting the most recent findings and advancements.” This special issue welcomes speleothem-based paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental studies. > More information

vi. Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS

VICS is thrilled to announce that abstract submission is now open for the 5th VICS Workshop on “Moving forward by looking back” to be held at the University of Bern, Switzerland, from 22-24 May. The deadline for abstract submission is 15 February and for registration, 31 March. The workshop will be held in a hybrid format with in-person and online participation possible. There will be workshop sessions on volcanology and hazards, climate and volcanic proxies, observations and models, and human impacts in history and archaeology. > Calendar 

8. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN

i. In the December 2022 ECN newsletter, many new PAGES ECN Regional Representatives (RRs) were introduced. However, a few new members were mistakenly left off the list. The ECN humbly apologises for this. View the complete list of new RRs here

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

9. 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. Climate Change & History Research Initiative (CCHRI

Read the latest newsletter by the CCHRI detailing current, upcoming and past events, as well as listing some recent publications from CCHRI-organized workshops. > Newsletter

ii. LandCover6k 

In their paper published in Earth System Science Data, Li et al. present "the first gridded and temporally continuous quantitative pollen-based plant-cover reconstruction for temperate and northern subtropical China over the Holocene (11.7 ka to present) obtained by applying the Regional Estimates of VEgetation Abundance from Large Sites (REVEALS) model." > Article 

iii. PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA)

A new paper by Rovere A et al. has been published in Earth System Science Data on “The World Atlas of Last Interglacial Shorelines (version 1.0)”. In this article, the authors present version 1.0 of the  World Atlas of Last Interglacial Shorelines (WALIS). WALIS is "a database collecting data on Last Interglacial (70-125 ka) sea-level proxies. Each data point in WALIS follows a standard template that can be filled from an online interface". The paper summarizes more than 100 years of publications reporting sea-level indicators dated to the last Last Interglacial (125 ka) with over 3000 data points. The authors maintain that "by creating a centralized database of sea-level proxy data for the Last Interglacial, the WALIS database will be a valuable resource to the broader paleoclimate community to facilitate data–model integration and intercomparisons, assessments of sea-level reconstructions between different studies and different regions, as well as comparisons between past sea-level history and other paleoclimate proxy data." > Article  

iv. The Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP

PMIP has launched PMIP WINGS (PMIP Web-based INteractive Global Seminars), an online seminar series which the group hopes everyone will want to be part of. The idea is to hold seminars approximately once a month on the last Thursday of the month. The first seminar will be taking place on 26 January. PMIP would like to build the program for the year ahead and are hoping that everyone in PMIP will want to present something at some point. Please email (pmip-wings[at]lsce[dot]ipsl[dot]fr) to volunteer to present something. 


10. Future Earth

i. Read the December newsletter 

ii. Future Earth delegation at the UN Water Conference 

The UN 2023 Water Conference will be held from 22-24 March in New York, USA. The Future Earth application for special accreditation to the UN Water Conference has been successful, and Future Earth can send delegates to the conference. There is also an opportunity to apply for a side event at the conference. The deadline for submitting side events has been extended to 20 January. If you are interested in participating as a delegate, please send proposals to (rebecca[dot]fenn[at]futureearth[dot]org) by 18 January

iii. Future Earth delegation to the 58th session of the IPCC

“As an accredited observer organization, Future Earth has the opportunity to send a delegation to the 58th session of the IPCC which takes place from 13-17 March in Interlaken, Switzerland. The main agenda item of the session is the adoption and approval of the draft synthesis report of the Sixth Assessment Report. If you would like to be part of the delegation, please get back to (rebecca[dot]fenn[at]futureearth[dot]org) by January 24.”


iv. Join AIMES, the Earth Commission, Future Earth, and the WCRP Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity for a webinar on social tipping points as part of a series that aims to advance the knowledge about tipping points, irreversibility, and abrupt changes in the Earth system. The next seminar will take place on 26 January with David Armstrong McKay (University of Exeter) and Mark Meldrum (Systemiq) on “Climate Tipping Points: how to tip society, not the planet”. > Calendar 

11. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP

i. CLIVAR > Read the January newsletter 

ii. New CMIP7 Data Access Task Team

The call for the new CMIP7 Data Access Task Team has been extended until 23 January. The task team "will seek to smooth the path between the conception of experiments and the use of the resulting data. We are looking for a diverse and multidisciplinary team of 8-12 experts representing the range of CMIP-like data providers, data users, and infrastructure providers. We are especially keen to ensure representation from all global regions and across career stages and have therefore extended the call deadline to promote wider participation." > Apply 

12. Other news and opportunities

i. Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) > Read the December newsletter 

ii. The London sea level meeting: Sea level change in the past, present and future

The meeting, organized by Geological Society Events, Climate, will be taking place from 6-7 February in hybrid format, with in-person meetings to be held at Burlington House (London, UK). Aims of the meeting include bringing together scientists working on sea level across multiple timescales, highlighting the relevance of the geological record for informing future sea level projections, and kicking off a community effort to produce a new sea-level curve of the Phanerozoic. Registration is still open. > Calendar 

iii. 2nd Conservation Paleobiology Symposium

The 2nd Conservation Paleobiology Symposium will be held at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, from 16-19 February. The network aims to transform conservation paleobiology into an applied science that informs conservation and restoration efforts. The project is envisioned as a grass-roots effort to develop strategies for communicating geohistorical data to stakeholder groups. > Calendar 

iv. Pacific Climate Workshop (Paclim) 2023

PACLIM is a multidisciplinary workshop that broadly addresses the climatic phenomena occurring in the eastern Pacific Ocean and western North America. The workshop will be taking place from 26 February - 01 March in Pacific Grove, USA. The purpose of the workshop is to understand climate effects in this region by bringing together specialists from diverse fields including physical, social, and biological sciences. Time scales from weather to the Quaternary are addressed in oral and poster presentations. Abstract submission deadline is 31 January. > Calendar 

v. INQUA Rome 2023

INQUA invites nominations for the 2023 awards: i) the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal For Outstanding Young Quaternary Scientists; ii) the Liu Tungsheng Distinguished Career Medal For Distinguished Service To The International Community In Quaternary Science; and iii) the INQUA Distinguished Service Medal. The deadline for nominations is 28 February. > More information 


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