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PAGES Newsletter March 2024

In the PAGES March newsletter, subscribers can find out more about all the upcoming activities by working groups, including the launch of a new working group, new papers, and abstract submissions for upcoming workshops and meetings. There is also news about a PAGES webinar on 8 May (05:00 UTC) about (paleo)-Earthquake and -Tsunami science, and a reminder about the deadline to complete the webform if you are interested in receiving a free hard copy of the next PAGES Magazine on (Paleo)-Earthquake and -Tsunami science.

  1. Past Global Changes Magazine
  2. PAGES Q&A session at EGU24
  3. PAGES 10th webinar - Save the Date
  4. PAGES' 7th Open Science Meeting (OSM): Call for sessions open 
  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. Other news and opportunities

1. Past Global Changes Magazine

a. Order a hard copy of PAGES Magazine: (Paleo)-Earthquake and -Tsunami science
The next Special Issue of the PAGES Magazine on (Paleo)-Earthquakes and -Tsunamis coming out in Northern Hemisphere Spring 2024 will include articles combining multiple approaches to identify (Paleo)-Earthquake and -Tsunami records, precisely dating these events, and assessing the impact on the environment, and/or human societies. If you are interested in receiving a hard copy of this issue, please be sure to complete the online webform by 22 April. Please note that this is the only way to ensure you receive a hard copy of the magazine. > Order a free hard copy 

b. PAGES Magazine Fall 2024
The next PAGES Magazine, due out in Northern Hemisphere Fall 2024 will look at achievements and perspectives in scientific ocean and continental drilling in the field of paleoscience. With this Special Issue, the aim is to inform the broader paleoscience community about what is being done in the field related to the following topics: paleoceanography, paleoclimate, ecology, evolution of life, and geohazards. The issue will be guest edited by Shouting Tuo, Ron Hackney, Kenji Matsuzaki, Margarita Caballero, Kaustubh Thirumalai, Lisa Park-Boush, Simona Pierdominici, Katja Heeschen and Antje H. Voelker. > Access past issues

2. PAGES Q&A session at EGU24

a. EGU24 is just around the corner; from 14–19 April 2024 in Vienna, Austria. PAGES invites all those interested in past global changes to join Executive Director, Marie-France Loutre, and Science Officer, Iván Hernández-Almeida, to attend a PAGES Q&A splinter meeting session. Participants are welcome to come and ask any questions about PAGES-related activities. The meeting will take place in Room 2.43 on Wednesday, 17 April, from 16:15–18:00 local time. If you have any questions about this meeting, please feel free to email the IPO: (pages[at]pages[dot]unibe[dot]ch) 

b. There will be a number of PAGES sponsored, endorsed and working group sessions taking place, including CVAS on "Climate Variability Across Scales", Floods WG on "Flood trends in cultural riverine landscapes. Reconstruction and simulation of temporal and spatial patterns of past floods, atmospheric variability and human action", SISAL on "Speleothem and karst records - Reconstructing terrestrial climatic and environmental change", QUIGS on "Glacial/Interglacial variability over the last 1.5 Myr", and VICS on "Volcano-climate impacts and the stratospheric aerosol layer". > Calendar

3. PAGES 10th webinar on (paleo)-Earthquakes and Tsunamis - Save the Date

To celebrate the release of the next issue of the PAGES Magazine on (paleo)-Earthquakes and Tsunamis in April 2024, PAGES is organizing a webinar on 8 May at 05:00 UTC (please note that this means 7 May for those on the US West Coast). The webinar is in collaboration with some of the authors that contributed to the Special Issue. Speakers include Jamie Howarth (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), Siddharth Prizomwala (Institute of Seismological Research, Gandhinagar, India) and Belle Philibosian (U.S. Geological Survey). The webinar will be recorded and posted on the PAGES YouTube channel. > Calendar 

4. PAGES' 7th Open Science Meeting (OSM): Call for sessions open

The PAGES' 7th OSM will be taking place from 21–24 May 2025 in Shanghai, China, and online. The Call for Sessions is still open until 15 May. You can find out a bit more about the OSM and Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) here. > More information

5. Working group news

i. New PAGES working group: Past Ocean Oxygenation (PO2

The new PAGES working group on Past Ocean Oxygenation, PO2, aims to "provide crucial insights into the natural variability of seawater dissolved oxygen concentrations during key time periods in the geological record. It will allow us to constrain the influence of climate, paleoproductivity, and paleocirculation on the marine oxygen cycle and related nutrients (carbon, nitrogen, phosphate, iron). Harnessing paleoceanographic records to answer questions regarding the potential links between warming and marine deoxygenation is a core need." The group is open to anyone interested in joining. Visit the webpage to find out more and/or join the mailing list. > PO2 webpage  

ii. African Tree Ring Network (ATRN)

Aster Gebrekirstos (CIFOR-ICRAF, Kenya), ATRN Steering Committee member, was featured this month in the Global Landscapes Forum which highlighted her work on Dendrochronology. > Access the article  

iii. Climate Variability Across Scales (CVAS)

a. A new paper by Hébert R et al. has been published in Ecology and Evolution on “Biome- and timescale-dependence of Holocene vegetation variability in the Northern Hemisphere”. > Access article  
b. Casado M et al. have published a paper in Nature Climate Change on “The quandary of detecting the signature of climate change in Antarctica”. > Access article 

iv. Human Traces 

a. The next Human Traces webinar will take place on 14 March at 08:00 UTC with Giorgia Camperio (ETH Zurich and Eawag, Switzerland) on “Human Traces in Remote Oceania Revealed by Sedimentary Biomarkers”. > Calendar    
b. On 24 April at 15:00 UTC there will be a webinar with Bianca Perren on “Environmental Change and Impacts on Prehistoric Human Colonization in Inutoqqat Nunaat, Northern Greenland”. > Calendar   
c. The recording of the webinar series from 22 February with Prof. Antony Brown (The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø University Museum) on “From Lakes to Soils: Using SedaDNA to Track the Human Past” is now available to watch on the Human Traces YouTube channel. > Watch

v. PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA-Next)

The first PALSEA-Next (Phase 4) meeting “From mud to models” will be taking place from 26–28 August at the University of California in Santa Barbara (USA). The goal of this first meeting is "to bridge different research disciplines to address shared research questions related to the response of past ice sheets and sea level to changing climate". Abstract submission is now open and will close on 15 April at 23:59 UTC.  You can submit an abstract via this form. Subscribe to the mailing list to receive updates. > Calendar 

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

The upcoming Q-MARE workshop on "Detecting, describing and disentangling pre-industrial climate and human impacts on marine ecosystems" will be taking place from 2–6 September in Crete, Greece, and online. The preliminary program is now available, as well as a flyer for sharing amongst your networks. Early-Career Researchers (ECRs) who wish to apply for financial assistance are requested to apply by sending a short CV and motivation to (konstantina[dot]agiadi[at]univie[dot]ac[dot]at) by 31 March. > Calendar 

6. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN) 

The ECN newsletter aims to highlight news especially relevant to ECRs. If you find other announcements that you believe should be shared with the ECN, please email the  Steering Committee ( (pages[dot]ecn[at]gmail[dot]com)) for inclusion in the monthly newsletter mailing list.

a. Save The Date: INQUA-PAGES Joint ECR Workshop
The International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) and Past Global Changes (PAGES) will be hosting a joint Early-Career Researcher (ECR) workshop on "Tropical hydroclimate variability in the Quaternary: Insights from proxies and models, and the way forward (TROPQUA)" from 3–7 November in Goa, India. Further details will follow. If you wish to stay updated, sign up to the ECN mailing list
b. PAGES ECN Central and South American webinar
The PAGES ECN Central and South American regional representatives will be hosting a webinar in Spanish (with English slides) on "Listening to La Laguna: San Diego Maar Lake as a Record of Environmental Change Over the Last Millenia" on 20 March with Susana Velàsquez-Franco (University of Utah, USA). There will be a 40-minute talk followed by a Q&A session. > Register
c. Pal(a)eoPERCS seminar series
Pal(a)eoPERCS (Pal(a)eo EaRly Career Seminar) is a virtual seminar series designed to showcase the research of Early Career Researchers in paleo-(ntology, ecology, ceanography, climate, etc.). Pal(a)eoPERCS have some great talks coming up in the next couple of months. To join these, you can sign up to the mailing list to be notified of each seminar.
d. Pythia Cook-off hackathon for geoscientific Python Cookbook development
Project Pythia is the education working group for Pangeo and is an educational resource for the entire geoscience community. It is home to Python-centered learning resources that are open- source, community-owned, geoscience-focused, and high-quality. For more information on Project Pythia, you can check their website here. The project will be hosting a “Cookbook Cook-off hackathon” from 11–14 June in-person in Boulder, Colorado, at the NCAR Mesa Lab, or virtually via Zoom. "This event will benefit students, researchers, developers, and professionals across a variety of coding skill levels interested in online learning resources in open geoscientific computing”. Registration closes on 24 May. For more information on travel support and registration, visit the website.

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 Change & History Research Initiative (CCHRI)

Download the CCHRI Spring 2024 Newsletter to find out more about recent news and activities. > Access newsletter 

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

As part of the NERC-funded Peat-Metal project, leaders have established a webinar series exploring peatland heavy metal contamination, disturbance, and restoration. There are four webinars scheduled over the next four months, with plans for further webinars. Full details can be found here and people can register here. The first webinar will be on 20 March from 15:00-16:00 (UTC).

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

DEEPICE will publish a series of 15 educational videos on ice cores on April 9 on their Youtube channel. These videos were produced together with DEEPICE PhD students. > Access the DEEPICE website 

iv. Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP

The group is conducting a PMIP-carbon survey. As they would like to extend activities associated with the multimodel comparison of coupled climate-carbon simulations during the last glacial cycle, this survey aims to assist in (1) gauging the scientific interest in such simulations; (2) assessing the feasibility of various simulations to draft a sensible experimental design; and (3) establishing a long-term strategy for PMIP-carbon, involving more people. It should only take about 5 to 10 minutes to complete, and although answers of modelers from various modeling groups will be very valuable to address goal # 2, insights from experimentalists are also very welcome. Since the outcomes of this survey will be discussed at the 1-day hybrid workshop organized for 14 April at the EGU (for which you can still express interest in attending), the group would like to gather community input by 20 March. > Access the survey

v. Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and AnaLysis (SISAL

SISAL would like to encourage members to submit an abstract to the session ID #6194/ Theme 13f on “Reconstruction of climate and environmental changes in terrestrial archives from geochemical tracers" for the upcoming Goldschmidt Conference. Goldschmidt 2024 will be taking place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, from 18–23 August. It is “the foremost annual, international conference on geochemistry and related subjects, organized by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry”. Abstract submissions will close on 29 March. > Visit the website 

8. Future Earth 

i. Read the February newsletter

ii. Funding Opportunities 
Please consider applying for the Cross-Cutting Initiatives Grant Program (next deadline 31 March); Inclusivity and Diversity Participation (ongoing deadline).

iii. Sustainability Research & Innovation/ Sustainability Science Days  (SRI/SSD2024)
Registration for the SRI/SSD2024 is open. The event will take place in Helsinki and Espoo in Finland, and online, from 10–14 June. The deadline for early-bird rates is 30 March. > Register 

iv. Apply to be nominated Future Earth (FE) delegate at the UNFCCC Bonn Climate Change Conference SB60
“Registration has opened to participate in the 60th sessions of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SB 60) from 3–13 June at the World Conference Center Bonn (WCCB). FE will receive applications until 31 March, then UNFCCC will communicate the number of badges allocated to FE and the most relevant applications will be selected. The aim of these intersessional sessions is to prepare for the next COP in Baku in November 2024”.
To apply: 1) Complete the application form and 2) Reach out to Pavel Kambersky: (pavel[dot]kambersky[at]futureearth[dot]org) 31 March.

9. Other news & opportunities

i. Mountain Research Initiative 
> Newsletter February 2024

ii. AQUA2024

The Australasian Quaternary Association (AQUA) 2024 conference will be taking place in Queensland, Australia, from 24–28 June. The deadline for abstracts has been extended to 15 March. Registration is also open and closes on 31 March. > More information

iii. 11th SCAR Open Science Conference

The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) will be hosting its 11th Open Science Conference from 19–23 August in Pucón, Chile. The abstract submission deadline has been extended to 18 March. This will be the final abstract submission deadline. > More information  

iv. AGU2024 Honors Nominations

The nomination submission deadline for AGU Section Awards is 27 March. These include the "Cesare Emiliani Lecture Award", "Willi Dansgaard Award", "Nanne Weber Early Career Award", and the "Harry Elderfield Student Paper Award". > More information

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