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PAGES e-news vol. 2019, no.10

PAGES e-news vol. 2019, no.10


1. Propose a new PAGES working group by 24 October
2. Apply for workshop financial support by 29 October
3. Sustainable workshops
4. PAGES at AGU Fall Meeting
5. Working Group news
6. Recent products
7. PAGES Early-Career Network updates
8. Working Group meetings and deadlines
9. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings
10. Future Earth updates
11. WCRP updates
12. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates
13. Other news and opportunities

1. Propose a new PAGES working group by 24 October

Does your heart pound for paleoscience? Know others who feel the same? Propose a new PAGES working group to address a scientific question in an internationally coordinated way. The application deadline is 24 October. You must contact a member of the PAGES Scientific Steering Committee to discuss your plans at least two weeks before you submit the proposal.​ Applications received without SSC member notification will not be looked upon favorably. All details:

2. Apply for workshop financial support by 29 October

The call for applications for PAGES' financial support to assist in the running of workshops/meetings is open. Apply by 29 October for funding for PAGES working group, open call and educational workshops/meetings scheduled from April 2020 onwards. All details:

3. Sustainable workshops

PAGES recently created a webpage with tips on organizing/running more-sustainable workshops. Additional suggestions and testimonials are welcome:

4. PAGES at AGU Fall Meeting

The AGU Fall Meeting will be held from 9-13 December 2019 in San Francisco, CA, USA. Early-bird registration closes 9 November. All details:

Sessions: Four PAGES working groups are conducting sessions and poster sessions.

i. 2k Network: PP41A - Climate of the Common Era. Thursday 12 December, 08:00-12:20, Moscone West - 2004, L2. Posters: 13:40-18:00 Moscone South - Poster Hall.
ii. C-PEAT: B22F - Understanding past, present, and future peatland responses to natural and anthropogenic drivers of change. Tuesday 10 December, 10:20-12:20, Moscone West - 3001, L3. Posters: 13:40-18:00, Moscone South - Poster Hall.
iii. PALSEA: PP23A - Centennial Session: 100 Years of Ice Sheet and Sea-level Science. Tuesday 10 December, 13:40-18:00, Moscone West - 2006, L2. Posters: Wednesday 11 December, 08:00-12:20, Moscone South - Poster Hall.
iv. OC3: PP11A - Deep-Ocean Circulation Changes and Their Impacts. Monday 9 December, 08:00-10:00, Moscone West - 2004, L2. Posters: 13:40-18:00, Moscone South - Poster Hall.

Lectures: Several PAGES SSC Members and working group leaders will also be giving lectures. Click the link above for the full list.

Awards: Two active PAGES members will be honored. PAGES 2k Network Iso2k project leader Bronwen Konecky will receive the Nanne Weber Early Career Award in the Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Section and PALSEA working group leader Jacqueline Austermann will receive the Jason Morgan Early Career Award in the Tectonophysics Section. PAGES congratulates them both for this outstanding recognition of their work.

Booth presence: PAGES Science Officer Sarah Eggleston will represent PAGES at the Belmont Forum/Future Earth booth no. 212 at the AGU. More information to come. Check the calendar entry above for updates on the final date and time.

5. Working Group news

i. Mailing lists: Did you know all PAGES working groups have designated mailing lists? Stay directly up-to-date. Access details for all mailing lists here:

ii. 2k Network: a. Congratulations to Iso2k project leader Bronwen Konecky for two outstanding achievements. She has been named a 2019 Packard Fellow by the Packard Foundation. Find out more about her, and the other Science and Engineering award winners: Plus Bronwen will also receive the Nanne Weber Early Career Award in the Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology Section at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting in December:
b. The Iso2k project would like to hold a get-together at the AGU. Please fill out the form available at the top of the group's homepage as soon as possible:

iii. ACME: The Arctic Cryosphere Change and Coastal Marine Ecosystems working group is collecting community perspectives on the current state and future directions of arctic coastal paleoceanography via an online survey open between 17 October to 15 November. ACME strongly encourages community members and paleoceanographers of all career stages and backgrounds to respond to the short questionnaire. The results of the survey will provide a basis for outlining priority research questions and directions, and give an overview of spatial, methodological, and ecological knowledge gaps identified by the community. The questionnaire is anonymous and will take about 10 minutes to complete. Find it at the bottom of the group's home page:

iv. CRIAS: Following the recent 2nd CRIAS workshop, the group has re-focused the "Call for Objects" for an online exhibition on Climate History. The deadline was also been extended to 15 November. Please consider contributing one or more objects from your research that you have wanted to introduce to a larger public: Questions can be sent to Martin Bauch (contact details in the link).

v. CVAS: The workshop "Beyond Palaeoclimate Ping Pong: Improving estimates of climate variability by consistent data-model comparison" will be held from 2-5 June 2020 in Heidelberg, Germany. This interactive, interdisciplinary event plans to bridge efforts from PAGES and PMIP working groups. It is partially supported by the 2019 Hengstberger Prize awarded to Kira Rehfeld. See point 8 for all details.

vi. DAPS: As a follow up to the group's second workshop hackathon, a website has been created to host DAPS resources: Group leaders hope the website will become the central repository of DAPS' resources for the broader community. The current content is minimal, and needs to be filled out by people who are familiar with each resource item. To add information, either submit a request on Github (repo: or send Feng Zhu ( a markdown file (or any text) that describes the resource item and he will do the updates. Find out more about DAPS here:

vii. Floods: The first workshop of the group's second phase will be held from 11-13 November 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. See point 8 for all details.

viii. LandCover6k: a. Open review of paper: The strategy of LandCover6k is presented in a paper by Harrison et al. "Development and testing of scenarios for implementing Holocene LULC in Earth System Model Experiments". The paper is currently published in Geoscience Model Development Discussion for open review (still open for review, but urgent):
b. Marie-José Gaillard gave a lecture about LandCover6k and its products at the Chinese Palynological Conference at Mianyang from 11-13 October.
c. A successful LandCover6k workshop was held from 11-14 September in Pondicherry, India. Progress was made towards land-use mapping and launching of new pollen-based reconstructions of quantitative land cover in both northern and central India. For more details, contact Anupama Krishnamurthy:
d. A successful INQUA/HABCOM LandUse6k workshop was held from 12-13 September in Cambridge, UK. This workshop, organized by Oliver Boles, Paul Lane, Stefano Biagetti and Stefania Merlo, resulted in progress of land-use mapping in Africa. Stefania Merlo is the new coordinator for the land-use activity (archaeology-based land-use reconstructions) for the whole of Africa. Contact her for more details:
e. The collaboration between LandCover6k and the INQUA subcommission HABCOM ( (former president: Nicki Whitehouse; new president: Anupama Krishnamurthy) continues to be fruitful. Many members of LandCover6k are now part of the HABCOM Advisory Board. For more information on future activities and possible support for research related to past human societies and their interactions with the biosphere and climate, contact Anupama Krishnamurthy:
f. General LandCover6k Workshop/Conference 2020: Plans are in progress, dates will be communicated as soon as possible. Contact Kathy Morrison:

ix. OC3: The working group will hold its final meeting after the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, USA, on 14 December 2019. See point 8 for all details.

x. PALSEA: Congratulations to PALSEA working group leader Jacqueline Austermann who will receive the Jason Morgan Early Career Award in the Tectonophysics Section at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting in December. Find out more here:

xi. SISAL: A new paper from the group's special issue of Quaternary has been published. See point 6 for all details.

xii. VICS: The deadline for article submissions for the Special Issue of Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, titled "Environmental and societal impacts of past volcanic eruptions - integrating the geosciences with the historical, anthropological, and archaeological sciences" is 1 December. Guest editors Felix Riede, Celine Vidal and Francis Ludow welcome papers that ideally integrate data between sciences and so provide exceptionally rich and detailed records of volcanic activity and its environmental and societal legacies, although papers tackling past volcanic activity from specific disciplinary angles are also welcome. Contributions should focus on multidisciplinary research combining geological, historical, anthropological, archaeological, or other methods to understand a given eruption, a volcano's eruption history, or the societal impact of such events. Contact Felix Riede for more information:

6. Recent products

i. In case you missed it last month, PAGES is pleased to be involved in the first version of a crowdsourced reporting standard for paleoclimate data - PaCTS - discussed in a Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology paper from Deborah Khider et al.:

ii. 2k Network: Leader of the PAGES 2k Network PALEOLINK project Juan José Gómez-Navarro was interviewed in Spanish for a podcast by to discuss the July 2019 2k Network Nature paper "No evidence for globally coherent warm and cold periods over the pre-industrial Common Era", of which he was a co-author. Access it here:

iii. SISAL: Zoltán Kern et al. evaluate the relationship between modern day precipitation δ18O (amount weighted annual and winter season mean values; 1961–2017) and climatological parameters in their paper "Speleothem Records from the Eastern Part of Europe and Turkey—Discussion on Stable Oxygen and Carbon Isotopes" published in Quaternary:

7. PAGES Early-Career Network updates

i. ECN Webinar: The recent webinar "How to successfully publish a scientific article" presented by Thierry Corrège, editor of Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, is available on the ECN YouTube Channel:

ii. Pre-registration is now open for the PAGES-INQUA ECR workshop "Past Socio-Environmental Systems" to be held from 9-13 November 2020 in La Serena y Coquimbo, Chile. See point 8 for all details.

iii. New post on "The Early Pages" Blog: We need to look to the past to understand the present and predict the future. Julieta Martinelli talks about how paleoscientists can and should better communicate this fact to decision-makers and the wider community:

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

8. Working Group meetings and deadlines

i. CVAS:
Beyond Palaeoclimate Ping Pong: Improving estimates of past climate variability by consistent data-model comparison
Heidelberg, Germany
2-5 June 2020

ii. ECN:
PAGES-INQUA joint ECR workshop: Past Socio-Environmental Systems
La Serena, Chile
9-13 November 2020
Pre-registration deadline: 30 January 2020

iii. Floods Working Group:
Floods hazard in a warmer world: insight from past flood records
Geneva, Switzerland
11-13 November 2019

iv. OC3:
OC3 working group final meeting
San Francisco, USA
14 December 2019

4th workshop: Exploiting the SISALv2 database for evaluating climate processes
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
14-17 October 2019

9. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings

The 19th International Swiss Climate Summer School
Grindelwald, Switzerland
23-28 August 2020
Application deadline: 10 January 2020

10. Future Earth updates

i. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). Members of PAGES, Future Earth Coasts, IMBER, the Ocean Knowledge-Action Network and Mountain Research Initiative contributed to the report in the role of coordinating lead authors, lead authors, and reviewers. Future Earth breaks down the main points:

ii. SRI2020 call for session proposals: The inaugural Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress will be held in Brisbane, Australia, from 14-17 June 2020. The invitation to submit proposals closes 15 November 2019 (midnight MT). All details:

iii. Earth Commission: Future Earth announced it will host the Earth Commission’s scientific secretariat in collaboration with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA):

iv. Monthly newsletter: Sign up for the monthly, international roundup of sustainability science and climate change news and analysis:

11. WCRP updates

i. Climate Science Week at AGU: Find out more about activities planned at the WCRP Climate Science Week at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting from 7-13 December 2019 in San Francisco, CA, USA: In particular, WCRP would like to invite the paleoclimate community to the WCRP 40th Anniversary Symposium on Sunday 8 December. Registration is free:

ii. WCRP is calling for any historial material, particularly film footage, from the last 40 years of WCRP. Any help they can get with sourcing historical footage is much appreciated. Contact Matthias Tuma:

iii. Read the WCRP October Newsletter:

iv. Access the CLIVAR October 2019 Bulletin:

12. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

Find out more about PAGES' endorsed and affiliated groups here:

i. Historical Climatology: The team has expanded. Learn more about the new members here:

ii. IHOPE: IHOPE was involved in the UN Climate Change Summit and Global Climate Week, by continuing to produce science on ancient sustainability and climate change that is both chilling and compelling.

iii. IODP: Apply by 18 October for the early-career researcher workshop "Demystifying the IODP Proposal Process for Early Career Scientists: Pacific Ocean" which will be held from 17-20 February 2020 at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University, Palisades, NY, USA. All details:

iv. PMIP: The IPCC’s deadline for submitted papers to be cited in the Second Order Draft is 30 December. The PMIP community would like to see some synthesis papers written about the new PMIP4 simulations within this timeframe. Chris Brierley is coordinating a multi-model PMIP4 paper for the midHolocene experiment and would like to reach out to other potential collaborators. The initial outline for the paper is posted on Github: If you feel that you have something to contribute to this overall synthesis of the mid-Holocene experiments, then please contact Chris Brierley:

v. Varves Working Group: a. Scientists interested in keeping the group active met during the recent 20th INQUA Congress in Dublin. Items for discussion included re-applying for PAGES working group status; workshops and meetings; the database; communication; continuation of the "Varve Library"; and new leadership ideas. Access the meeting minutes and find out more on how to be involved here:
b. VWG will conduct a session at the EGU General Assembly 2020, titled "Geochronological tools for environmental reconstructions". All details:

13. Other news and opportunities

i. The "Climate Change: the FAQs" video was officially released during the recent PAGES-supported CLIMOVAR meeting ( While not a CLIMOVAR product, it was created by a group of eight scientists, several of them active in PAGES' activities, to answer the most common questions asked by young students about climate change. Access it on YouTube: An accompanying press release is available in Spanish:

ii. WDS Updates: a. The WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) for the period 2018–2021 now has three vacancies. Completed nomination forms should be sent to the WDS International Programme Office by email no later than 1 December. For all information, and forms, contact:
b. WDS-ITO Harvestable Metadata Services Working Group: The newly formed World Data Service working group for harvestable metadata services will conduct an introductory online meeting sometime between 11 November and 7 December. The International Technology Office (ITO) of the WDS is forming this group to support WDS members who have metadata, but are not currently providing their metadata through a service that allows it to be collected and served by aggregators like OpenAire, DataCite, Pangaea and Google Dataset Search. Contact Alicia Urquidi Díaz for more details about the group and the meeting:
c. WDS Data Stewardships Award: WDS is pleased to announce that Dr Libby Liggins was chosen by the WDS Scientific Committee (WDS-SC) as the 2019 winner of the WDS Data Stewardship Award. The award will be presented with a prize at International Data Week 2021. All details:
d. The deadline for applications to host International Data Week 2021 and/or 2023 is extended to 28 October:

iii. Polar Data Forum III: Registration is open until 18 October for PDF III to be held from 18–22 November 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. All details:

iv. Alaska PaleoGlacier Atlas: The Glacier History Lab at the University at Buffalo has updated the Alaska PaleoGlacier Atlas website which provides Alaska state-wide Pleistocene glacier extent maps and associated products via links to the Randolph Glacier Inventory, The University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Polar Geospatial Center, and the USGS:




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