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 PAGES Newsletter March 2023

PAGES Newsletter March 2023

In the March edition of the PAGES newsletter, you can read about working group news, with a number of upcoming deadlines. The deadline for applications for the PlioMioVAR workshop on "MioOcean Temperature Synthesis Meeting 2" to be held on 8 June in Utrecht, Netherlands, is 15 March. In addition, the “DEEPICE Training School on Communication” registration is now open for five early-career researchers, with the aim of developing a career in the academic or non-academic sector, to work on climate change and glaciology. 

  1. Deadline for new PAGES WG, DSS, and workshop support applications 
  2. PAGES Scientific Steering Committee 
  3. PAGES Symposium
  4. PAGES-IAI webinar (Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research) 
  5. Working group news
  6. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)
  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. Deadline for new PAGES WG, DSS, and workshop support applications 

The next deadline for applications for new working groups (WGs) and financial support for workshops and meetings is 28 March. The same deadline applies for PAGES working groups who wish to apply for a Data Steward Scholarship (DSS). > More information 

2. PAGES Scientific Steering Committee 

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

3. PAGES Symposium

PAGES is excited to be hosting a one-day symposium on 1 June in Bern, Switzerland, which will showcase PAGES working group activities. Everyone is welcome to attend either in-person or online. Participation is free, but registration is compulsory via the webform - space is limited, so please do register, even if you are attending online. The deadline for registration is 4 May. > Register 

4. PAGES-IAI webinar

PAGES and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) will be co-organizing a webinar on “Interdisciplinary and international collaborative networks to promote past global change research in Latin America and the Caribbean”. The webinar will take place on 30 March from 13:00-14:30 UTC in Spanish & English (simultaneous interpretation). Registration details will be made available soon. Please save the date. > Calendar  

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

a. C-PEAT workshop

The next C-PEAT workshop will be taking place in three different hubs (Indonesia, Poland, USA) simultaneously, from 8-12 May. The group is in the process of developing a detailed agenda and inviting guest speakers. The agenda will be shared by all three hubs and there will be one daily session (two hours) where the three hubs will go "live" together. The group will send out formal invitations for sign-ups or remote participation. Funds will cover lodging and food, and there will be limited funding for transportation (priority will be given to early-career and/or low and middle income country scientists). > Calendar 

b. Call for peat core data for global peatland prediction project

Jade Skye, a Master’s student with the University of Victoria is working on a project which aims to produce a global map of predicted peatland depth and carbon storage values using a Machine Learning (ML) based approach. As part of this initiative, Jade is looking to gather a large amount of data to train the ML model. She is also interested in collaborating more broadly with anyone interested in this initiative. An initial soft deadline is set for 1 April. > More information 

iii. Climate Reconstruction and Impacts from the Archives of Societies (CRIAS)

In their upcoming workshop, which will take place from 11-12 May in Oslo, Norway, on "Climate and Conflict Revisited: Perspectives from the past and the present", CRIAS aims to revisit the climate-conflict nexus, bringing together fields of climate history and conflict studies. The call for abstracts  and the call for papers are open. The goal is to improve integrative approaches, establish an improved historical ‘baseline’ for current claims and projections, and challenge determinist imaginaries and broaden the current debate about climate and conflict – both modern and historical." > Calendar 

iv. Integrating diverse knowledge systems for environmental policy (DiverseK)


The group will be hosting a workshop on "Challenges and opportunities for Paleo-informed ecosystem conservation in Asia", which will be taking place in Beijing, China from 13-15 May. The workshop will hold two overarching sessions: Session I - Environmental policies and ecosystem management in Asia and around the world; and Session II - Paleo-informed ecosystem conservation. The first circular is available with details on the workshop, a preliminary program, and much more. For those applying for financial support to attend the meeting, this must be done by 27 March. > Calendar 

v. Synthesizing human traces in the stratigraphic record (Human Traces)

The Human Traces working group will restart their webinar series. The next webinar will take place on 17 April at 15:00 UTC with professor Andrea Columbu  (University of Pisa) on “Are cave deposits recording culturally induced environmental changes related to the end of Nuragic Era (~580 BC)? A study case from Sardinia (Italy)”. > Calendar 

vi. Marine ARctic DIatoms (MARDI)

The second in a series of four planned MARDI workshops will be taking place at the University of Helsinki, Finland, from 6-8 June on "Harmonisation of (sub)Arctic diatom taxonomy". Financial support is available and will prioritize early-career researchers if the demand for support exceeds the available funding. The deadline for registration is 31 March. > Calendar 

vii. Pliocene and Miocene climate variability over glacial-interglacial timescales (PlioMioVAR)

The group will be hosting a workshop on 8 June in Utrecht, Netherlands, and online, for MioOcean (a subgroup of PlioMioVar) compilation participants and related researchers, to get together and progress their compilation efforts. The focus of the second meeting is to discuss temperatures, and the proxy-specific issues that have been resolved to generate these temperatures. There is some PAGES funding for early-career researchers, and some funding for UK participants with ties to IODP, to attend this in-person/hybrid workshop. The deadline for applications is today, 15 March. > Calendar 

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

a. The next online seminar will be on 05 April at 15:00 UTC with Paul Harnik on "Life History Shifts in Changing Seas" > Calendar 

b. The last seminar with Catalina Pimiento on “The ecological consequences of extinction" is available to watch on the PAGES YouTube channel. > Watch 

c. Members of the group, Agiadi K et al., have published a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B on “Palaeontological evidence for community-level decrease in mesopelagic fish size during Pleistocene climate warming in the eastern Mediterranean”. > Access article 

d. Leonhard and Agiadi have published a paper in Geological Society, London, Special Publications: Conservation Palaeobiology of Marine Ecosystems on “Addressing challenges in marine conservation with fish otoliths and their death assemblages”. > Access article 

e. Inspired at a Q-MARE workshop on "Planning to achieve Q-MARE's educational goals", the group is inviting participants to fill in a Google form with the aim of "assembling Q-MARE-relevant educational media and multimedia into a geotagged portal. The portal will be a starting point for educators, Q-MARE participants, and other stakeholders." The responses from the form will be used to generate an interactive map programmed in R and generated using Leaflet. > More information 

f. Bas M et al. have published a paper in the Journal of Archaeological Science on "Patterns of fish consumption by hunter-fisher-gatherer people from the Atlantic coast of Tierra del Fuego during the Holocene: Human-environmental interactions" where they aim to assess "changes in the patterns of marine fish consumption by hunter-fisher-gatherer populations in the context of environmental change." > Access article  

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

The last workshop of the PAGES-PMIP QUIGS working group will take place in Grenoble, France, from 19-22 September. The group welcomes applications from scientists from the data and modeling communities. There is some financial support available for early-career scientists, as well as scientists from low and middle income countries. If you are interested, please email Chronis Tzedakis: show mail address, Emilie Capron: show mail address, and/ or Eric Wolff: show mail address before 31 March with a short letter of intention and a description of the work you would like to present. > Calendar 

x. Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS

The deadline for abstract submissions has passed, and registration for the 5th VICS Workshop taking place in Bern, Switzerland, from 22-24 May, is open. It is also possible to register without abstract submission, but you will need to create a new account on the registration platform. Registration for the virtual component of the meeting and the opportunity to follow the talks online is free, but the group requests that those who wish to attend virtually also register online to enable them to pass on relevant information. Deadline for registrations is 31 March. > Calendar 

6. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN

The ECN invites members to participate in a survey to assist in planning future activities and find out what you do (and don't) already know about the ECN. Please take a few minutes to help the steering committee understand how they can ensure they provide members with meaningful and useful content, events, etc. > Go to survey 

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

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. Climate History Network (CHN)

The March edition of the CHN bulletin is available, with a call for papers and panels, a roundup of upcoming events and new publications. > Read bulletin 

ii. Research and training network on understanding Deep icE corE Proxies to Infer past antarctiC climatE dynamics (DEEPICE) 

In collaboration with PAGES, the third “DEEPICE Training School in Communication'' will be taking place from 4-8 September in Leissigen, Switzerland. The school will focus on training 20 early-career researchers (ECRs) (15 ECRs from DEEPICE and 5 ECRs who will be selected through the application process) for development of a career in the academic or non-academic sector, to work on climate change and glaciology. In addition, the ECRs will gain experience in communication about climate change, in particular, climate change affecting the polar regions.  Applications for the additional five ECR slots open 15 March. The deadline for applications is 2 April. > Apply  

iii. Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) 

The first seminar in the series for the year will take place on 23 March at 15:00 UTC on “The mercury record from glacier ice cores”. Speakers include: Dr. Feiyue Wang (university of Manitoba) on “The ice core records of mercury prior to EGRIP”,  Delia Segato (Ca' Foscari university of Venice and CNR-Institute of Polar Sciences) on “An increase in mercury flux through the Glacial to Holocene transition”, and Jeff (Zhiyuan) Gao (university of Manitoba) on “A sip of the long-term mercury record in EGRIP glacier ice core”. > Calendar 

iv. Ocean Circulation and Carbon Cycling (OC3)

A paper by Muglia J et al. has been published in Scientific Data on "A global synthesis of high-resolution stable isotope data from benthic foraminifera of the last deglaciation". The paper is a description of the OC3 database, which is a compilation of δ13C and δ18O data from benthic foraminifera, with a focus on the last deglaciation. Only high time resolution data are included, and multiple age models approaches are stored in the database. Software tools to analyze and organize the data accompany the publication. > Access article

v. PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA)

Lin Y et al. have published a new paper on "Relative sea level response to mixed carbonate-siliciclastic sediment loading along the Great Barrier Reef margin" in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. The authors argue that neglecting sediment-induced sea-level rise can cause an overestimate of global ice volume and provide a new relative sea-level (RSL) reconstruction that is well-suited for studying the evolution of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) shelf and slope sedimentary system. > Access article 

vi. The Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP) 

a. The second PMIP WINGS (PMIP Web-based INteractive Global Seminars) seminar with Charlie Williams and Ran Feng is now available to watch

b. The third PMIP WINGS seminar will be taking place on 30 March at 09:00 UTC with Zhongshi Zhang (China University of Geosciences, Wuhan) on “Influence of global mean sea-level rise on atmospheric and oceanic circulations” and Sze Ling Ho (National Taiwan University) - title to be confirmed. > Calendar 

c. There is a call to begin planning for phase 2 of DeepMIP-Eocene. If you are interested in contributing to phase 2, especially if you or your group expect to be able to carry out model simulations, please email Dan Lunt directly: show mail address. In addition, there is a call for those interested in taking over the leadership position that Dan Lunt currently holds. Lastly, Dan would like to arrange a couple of online meetings to discuss the vegetation and paleogeography boundary conditions for the next phase. > More information 

vii. Varves WG 

a. The recording of the first Varves webinar of 2023 on “Hyperspectral imaging core-scanning for biogeochemical analysis” with Paul Zander (Max Planck Institute) is available to watch on the PAGES YouTube channel. > Watch 

b. The next seminar will be taking place on 20 March at 15:00 UTC with Alicija Bonk on “Varves of northern Poland. The role of climate and human activity in varve structures and appearance". > Calendar 

8. Future Earth

i. > Read the February newsletter

ii. Future Earth Special Issue in Global Sustainability: Charting the Course for the Next Decade of Sustainability Research and Innovation

Future Earth will be hosting a Special Issue at Global Sustainability (an Open Access journal) and "draws on research and key insights from the Future Earth community, highlighting the key scientific questions emerging from Future Earth’s Global Research Networks (GRNs) and from other organizations addressing compatible challenges." The deadline for full paper submissions is 30 April. > More information 

iii. Call for Idea Market innovations is now open for SRI2023

Sustainability Research + Innovation 2023 (SRI2023), which will be taking place in Panama City, Panama from 26-30 June, is an opportunity to showcase sustainability research, advances, concepts, designs, prototypes and products. The #SRI Idea Market invites you to share your creative sustainability approaches under one of two categories: 1) Sustainability Innovation, or 2) Carbon Removal. Cash prizes are available for two winners each, to help make their research or prototypes a reality. Deadline to submit ideas is 1 May. > Submit an innovation 

9. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP

CLIVAR > Read the March bulletin 

10. Other news and opportunities

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

ii.  Webinar + Workshop Proxy System Modeling for Lacustrine Archives 

The call for registration to attend the webinar and workshop to be held on 13 April from 19:00-20:00 UTC is open to anyone who works with lacustrine sediments and paleoclimate data. Join in to learn how to run a lake proxy system model in both Python and a desktop application.  > Calendar 


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