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PAGES e-news vol. 2019, no.3

PAGES e-news vol. 2019, no.3


1. PAGES SSC Meeting 26-27 March 2019
2. Are your People Database details up to date?
3. Working Group news
4. Recent products
5. PAGES Early-Career Network updates
6. PAGES sessions and awards at EGU 2019
7. PAGES Executive Director receives INQUA Award
8. 13th ICP Conference 2019
9. Working Group meetings and deadlines
10. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings

11. Future Earth updates
12. WCRP updates
13. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates
14. Other relevant opportunities


1. PAGES SSC Meeting 26-27 March 2019

The PAGES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) and Executive Committee (EXCOM) will meet for its annual in-person meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the last week of March. Decisions will be made on new working group proposals, workshop support applications, incoming SSC members, as well as many other important topics. For the first time, a PAGES Early-Career Network Steering Committee member will also join. All details:

2. Are your People Database details up to date?

Have you recently moved institutions or changed address? Please check your People Database entry and provide any updates to using the email heading "Update my details". This is especially important for postal deliveries of the Past Global Changes Magazine.

3. Working Group news

i. 2k Network: The group's special issue of Climate of the Past, titled "Climate of the past 2000 years: regional and trans-regional syntheses" is now complete. Congratulations to all involved:

ii. C-PEAT: A workshop on "Peatland ecosystem services during the Anthropocene and beyond" is planned for 1-4 May 2019 in Exeter, UK. Registrations due 31 March. See point 9 for all details.

iii. DAPS: Registrations of interest close 15 March for the group's second workshop, to be held from 29-31 May 2019 in College Park, MD, USA. See point 9 for all details.

iv. Floods: Group leaders congratulate Amanda Hefner for winning support from ThinkSwiss and the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, USA, for an academic exchange to the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, starting in the next few months. Hefner will create a new network of European paleoflood studies for the Floods Working Group.

v. LandCover6k: a. Save the date! The next working group general meeting will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA, from 5-7 December 2019. See point 9 for all details.
b. Seventeen participants attended a South Asia LandCover6k Land Use Workshop (sponsored by INQUA via Hola International Focus Group) at UPIASI India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India, from 5-6 March 2019. Contact the organizers Kathy Morrison, Marco Madella and Olivier Boles for information:

vi. OC3: a. A joint splinter meeting with IPODS will take place at the EGU in Vienna, Austria, on Tuesday 9 April from 19:00-20:00. The meeting time will give you the chance to attend the day's meeting sessions:
b. Group leaders would like to know if anyone is interested in proposing an OC3-related session at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA, USA, in December. Ideas/responses to Andreas Schmittner:
c. The 2017 paper "Calibration of the carbon isotope composition (C-13) of benthic foraminifera" is now one of Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology's top cited papers:

vii. PALSEA: a. A Splinter Meeting organized by Alessio Rovere will be held at the EGU in Vienna, Austria, on Wednesday 10 April from 08:30-10:15 in Room 2.61. "The World Atlas of Last Interglacial Shorelines": This meeting is for the sea-level community at EGU working on the Last Interglacial (LIG). The meeting will focus on the inception of the World Atlas of Last Interglacial Shorelines (WALIS). Scientists working on LIG sea-level indicators are welcome to provide feedback on an open-access online database that is in development in collaboration with the PALSEA community, with the financial support of the ERC Starting Grant "WARMCOASTS". All details:
b. Registrations due 18 April for the group's workshop "Using ecological and chronological data to improve proxy-based paleo sea level reconstructions" in July in Dublin, Ireland. See point 9 for all details.

viii. PEOPLE 3000: A deadline of 1 May has been set for the workshop from 20-24 May in Vernal, UT, USA. See point 9 for all details.

ix. QUIGS: Deadline for expressions of interest is 29 March for the researchers (particularly early-career scientists) to attend the "Warm extremes – Marine isotope stage 5e and its relevance to the future" workshop from 1-4 July 2019 at British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK. From the last interglacial (LIG, MIS 5e) we can learn about the response of the Earth system to a polar warming comparable to that expected in the next century. See point 9 for all details.

x. SISAL: The deadline for data entry for the second version of the SISAL database is 30 June 2019. Please get in touch with the relevant regional coordinator in advance of the deadline to quality control the record:

xi. VICS: The group will meet in April in Cambridge, UK, for its fourth workshop, titled "Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society: The Common Era and beyond". See point 9 for all details.

4. Recent products

i. 2k Network: The introduction to the group's special issue of Climate of the Past was recently accepted and completes the special issue:

ii. LandCover6k: A new paper describing the LandUse6k study for West Africa, led by Andrea Kay, has been accepted for publication. A public preprint is now available:

iii. SISAL: Comments, thoughts and feedback are welcome on the Climate of the Past Discussions paper by Comas-Bru et al., titled "Evaluating model outputs using integrated global speleothem records of climate change since the last glacial": 

5. PAGES Early-Career Network updates

a. Grant writing workshop: The first-ever PAGES ECN Workshop "Funding starts here - Grant writing for early-career researchers" will be held from 26-29 May 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic). All details:

b. The Early Pages Blog: On hurricanes and fires. What impact do catastrophic events have on nature and tourism on the British Virgin Islands and how long does it take for ecosystems to recover? Josh Mueller provides insight into these questions and the history of human-induced and natural wildfire since the colonization of the British Virgin Islands:

Stay tuned for upcoming posts about career gaps, field working in Tajikistan, and how ultraviolet light plays an important role in aquatic ecosystems. Are you interested in writing a post? Email Follow them on Twitter @TheEarlyPages

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

6. PAGES sessions and awards at EGU 2019

PAGES working groups will conduct sessions and short courses at the EGU in Vienna, Austria, from 7-12 April 2019. See them all here:

Plus PAGES Scientific Steering Committee member Ed Brook will receive the Hans Oeschger Medal and the leader of PAGES' Climate Variability Across Scales (CVAS) working group, Shaun Lovejoy, will receive the Lewis Fry Richardson Medal:

7. 20th INQUA Congress announcements

Many PAGES working groups and SSC members have sessions and side meetings planned for the 20th INQUA Congress, which runs from 25-31 July 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. Early-bird registration closes 27 March:

Plus PAGES Executive Director Marie-France Loutre will be awarded the INQUA Distinguished Service Medal:

8. 13th ICP Conference 2019

The PAGES-supported 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography will be held from 2–6 September 2019 in Sydney, Australia - a great line-up of speakers, vibrant poster sessions and fun social events. Several PAGES working groups will also conduct side meetings. Early-bird registration has been extended to 17 March. Abstract submission closes 20 April. See point 10 for all details.

9. Working Group meetings and deadlines

i. C-PEAT:
Peatland ecosystem services during the Anthropocene and beyond
Exeter, UK
1-4 May 2019
Registration deadline: 31 March

ii. DAPS:
Applying and comparing proxy system models and data assimilation methods
College Park, MD, USA
29-31 May 2019
Registration of interest deadline: 15 March

iii. ECN (PAGES Early-Career Network):
Funding starts here - Grant writing for early-career researchers
Prague, Czech Republic
26-29 May 2019

iv. LandCover6k:
a. Pollen based estimates of past land cover in South and Southeast Asia
Pondicherry, India
11-15 September 2019
Deadlines: TBA

b. 4th General Workshop
Philadelphia, PA, USA
5-7 December 2019
Deadlines: TBA

Using ecological and chronological data to improve proxy-based paleo sea level reconstructions
Dublin, Ireland
21-23 July 2019
Registration deadline: 18 April

vi. PEOPLE 3000:
3rd workshop: Human Paleo-biogeography and the Synchrony of Social-Ecological Systems on Earth
Vernal, UT, USA
20-24 May 2019
Registration deadline: 1 May

vii. QUIGS:
Warm extremes – Marine isotope stage 5e and its relevance to the future
1-4 July 2019
Cambridge, UK
Expression of interest deadline: 29 March

viii. VICS:
4th workshop: Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society: The Common Era and beyond
Cambridge, UK
13-16 April 2019

10. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings

i. Past plant diversity, climate change and mountain conservation
Cuenca, Ecuador
11-15 March 2019

ii. CLIMATE-12k workshop: How hot was the Holocene?
Sainte-Croix, Switzerland
10-13 June 2019

iii. 2019 Summer School on Speleothem Science (S4)
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
11-17 August 2019
Application deadline: 15 March

iv. PaleoENSO workshop
Belitung Island, Indonesia
25-30 August 2019

v. 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography
Sydney, Australia
2-6 September 2019
Abstract and poster submission deadline: 20 April

vi. 25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists
Bern, Switzerland
4-7 September 2019
Early-bird registration deadline: 8 April

vii. CLImatic MOdes of VARiability (CLIMOVAR) over the Holocene: model-data synergies to improve future projections
Barcelona, Spain
25-27 September 2019
Expressions of Interest due: 30 April

11. Future Earth updates

i. Collecting inputs for the development of a post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework: The Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is in the process of collecting inputs to the development of a post-2020 global biodiversity framework and has opened up an initial discussion document on the framework for review. All details: Future Earth would like to share this opportunity to provide inputs to this process as it moves forward. Email input directly, by 15 April, to:

ii. Read the February Newsletter:

12. WCRP updates

i. New Chair and Vice-chair: WCRP announced that the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee has elected Professor Detlef Stammer as its Chair and Dr Helen Cleugh as its Vice-chair for the next two years:

ii. In February, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) hosted a meeting of UN Oceans, as part of a week of ocean-related events to focus attention on ocean science, observations and safety:

iii. Read the CLIVAR March 2019 Bulletin:

13. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. Varves Working Group: Guest editors Wojciech Tylmann and Bernd Zolitschka encourage contributions to the upcoming special issue on annually laminated (varved) lake sediments for the new Open Access journal Quaternary. The deadline has been extended! Please submit your manuscript by 31 March. For questions, please contact the Editorial Office ( or the guest editors. Further information:

14. Other relevant opportunities

i. IPCC Scholarships: Apply by 22 March. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has launched a call for applications for the 5th round of scholarship awards from PhD students who have been enrolled for at least a year or are undertaking postdoctoral research. Applicants should be citizens of a developing country. Research proposals are encouraged from, but are not limited to, the following fields: underlying science of climate change; climate and water; climate and oceans; socio-economic modeling related to climate change; regional climate change, vulnerability, impacts and adaptation; attaining the goals of the Paris Agreement; synergies between adaptation and mitigation; and climate solutions in the context of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). Each scholarship award is for a maximum amount of 15,000 Euros per year for up to two years during the period 2019-2021. Full details:

ii. 2019 Call for SCOR Working Group Proposals: Deadline for proposals is 15 April. The number of proposals funded for start in 2020 will depend on recommendations of the SCOR Finance Committee; two new working groups are usually funded each year. All details:

iii. 2019 UN Global Climate Action Awards: Applications due 30 April. Organizations, cities, industries, universities, governments, and others taking bold leadership on climate change can nominate their work for a UN Global Climate Action Award. The award, the focus of United Nations Climate Change's Momentum for Change initiative, recognizes the most innovative projects in the field of climate action. Winning activities encompass scalable and replicable examples of what people are doing to address climate change, in the hope of inspiring others to act. The selected activities will be recognized and celebrated at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 25) in Chile. All details:

iv. BNP Paribas Foundation Climate and Biodiversity Initiative: With a budget of Euro 6 million over three years, this philanthropy program is based on a call for projects in 2020-2022 with a rigorous selection process. Register your application by 28 April. Learn more:


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