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PAGES e-news vol. 2019, no.4

PAGES e-news vol. 2019, no.4


1. SSC Meeting updates
2. New "quick links" to current PAGES working groups
. Working Group news
4. Recent products
5. New Finance and Office Manager
6. PAGES Early-Career Network updates
7. Earth Commission call for nominations
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 relevant opportunities


1. SSC Meeting updates

PAGES Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) members met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in late March to discuss many important items, such as future funding, current working groups, new working groups (see point 3 below), plans for a potential new working group meeting format, funded workshops (new meetings added in point 8), a new endorsed group (see point 12), plans for a potential PAGES Prize, PAGES' presence at international conferences, the 2021 Open Science Meeting and Young Scientists Meeting, and new SSC members starting in 2020. The meeting minutes will be available in June. Access all previous minutes here:

2. New "quick links" to current PAGES working groups

Here's a shorter way to link to PAGES' working group homepages for your presentations or to save as a bookmark:
2k Network:
Global Paleofire 2:
PEOPLE 3000:

PAGES kindly requests that if working groups or affiliated activities mention PAGES or a PAGES working group on your own webpages you include a link to the relevant PAGES website page.

3. Working Group news

i. New working group coming soon: The proposal for a new group on Arctic Cryosphere Change and Coastal Marine Ecosystems (ACME) was accepted by PAGES' Executive Committee at our recent Scientific Steering Committee Meeting in Addis Abada, Ethiopia. The group's overarching goal is to critically assess and refine current available marine proxies for reconstructing Arctic (and broader) cryosphere changes and their impacts. The group's official launch will be announced on PAGES' website soon.

ii. 2k Network: a. MULTICHRON and ARAMATE: Group leaders will conduct a workshop following a MARPA Linked Paleo Data (LiPD) data framework session at the 5th International Sclerochronology Conference in Split, Croatia (venue Hotel Ora, room TBA), on Tuesday 18 June 2019 from 18:30-20:00. Producers and users of molluskan sclerochronological data are invited to participate in this workshop to reach consensus on data reporting standards for molluskan records:
b. CoralHydro2k: Save the date! The group will conduct a side meeting on 1 September 2019 at the 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography in Sydney, Australia. See point 8 for all details.

iii. CRIAS: The group's second workshop will be held from 7-8 October 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. See point 8 for all details.

iv. C-SIDE: The group's second workshop will be held from 29-31 August 2019 in Sydney, Australia. See point 8 for all details.

v. EcoRe3: PAGES' funding has been granted to the workshop titled "Assessing resilience, stability and abrupt change in long-term ecological records and building capacity for ECRs in Southern Africa" planned for February 2020 in Cape Town, South Africa. More details will be provided as soon as possible. Questions can be sent to group leader Alistair Seddon:

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

vii. LandCover6k: a. Group members will conduct a session at the Global Land Programme 4th Open Science Meeting, to be held from 24-26 April 2019 in Bern, Switzerland:
b. The group will organize a workshop (1-2 days before or during) in connection with the INQUA Congress 2019 in Dublin, Ireland, in July. Final dates have not yet been decided. All LandCover6k members attending the congress are welcome to participate. Please contact Marie-José Gaillard for further details:
c. A general workshop will be held in Philadelphia, PA, USA, from 5-7 December 2019. See point 8 for all details.
d. A reminder that anyone interested in reading the coordinating group's monthly meeting minutes can request them from leader Marie-José Gaillard:

viii. PALSEA: a. Congratulations to all involved in completing the special issue of Quaternary Science Reviews titled "PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA): Ice-sheet and sea-level responses to past climate warming". See point 4 for 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 8 for all details.

ix. PEOPLE 3000: A deadline of 1 May has been set for the workshop from 20-24 May in Vernal, UT, USA. See point 8 for all details.

x. SISAL: a. Expressions of interest due 31 May to attend the group's fourth workshop from 14-18 October 2019 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. See point 8 for all details.
b. The deadline for data entry for the second version of the SISAL database is 30 June. Please get in touch with the relevant regional coordinator in advance of the deadline to quality control the record:

xi. Reminder: At the end of 2018, several working groups officially came to an end. Aquatic Transitions, Dust Impact on Climate and Environment (DICE), Global Soil and Sediment transfers in the Anthropocene (GloSS) and Pliocene climate variability over glacial-interglacial timescales (PlioVAR) wrapped up their activities. The Warmer Worlds Integrative Activity also finished. Find all former initiatives here:

4. Recent products

i. 2k Network: A new article published in Nature shows that Arctic warming is associated with drying over the mid-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere. Authors, led by Cody Routson, compiled a large network of multi-proxy climate records extending back through the Holocene, and used the recent PAGES 2k paleotemperature dataset to bridge to the instrumental period:

ii. C-SIDE: Molly Patterson, Rachael Rhodes and Claire Allen published the workshop report "Understanding past changes in Southern Ocean sea ice" in Eos:

iii. GPWG2: Carole Adolf, Donna Hawthorne and Daniele Colombaroli published the workshop report "Ancient fires and indigenous knowledge inform fire policies" in Eos:

iv. PALSEA: Access the 12 papers in the completed PALSEA special issue of Quaternary Science Reviews. The primary aim of this special issue is to use the information contained in the geological record to improve the accuracy of sea-level projections for the coming centuries to millennia. The focus is on documenting and synthesizing data on rates, sources, and budgets of sea-level variability during Quaternary/Pliocene warm periods, including the transition into and out of such periods, and assessing the ability of models to simulate these observations:

v. Meeting output: The edited book volume "Socio-Environmental Dynamics along the Historical Silk Road" discusses socio-environmental interactions in the middle to late Holocene, covering specific areas along the ancient Silk Road regions. The 22 chapters provide insight into this topic from various disciplinary angles and perspectives, ranging from archaeology, paleoclimatology, antiquity, historical geography, agriculture, carving art and literacy. It is the product of a PAGES-supported meeting held in 2017:

vi. Meeting output: A new special issue stemming from a PAGES-supported meeting in Romania was recently published by Quaternary International. Guest edited by Marcel Mindrescu, "Central and Eastern Europe Paleoscience: From Local to Continental Perspective" contains 19 articles which aim to bridge paleoclimatological and paleoenvironmental knowledge gaps in the region:

5. New Finance and Office Manager

Last month, PAGES International Project Office (IPO) welcomed Alexandra Gerber as our new Finance and Officer Manager. All financial queries should now be directed to her:

6. PAGES Early-Career Network updates

i. PAGES ECN and IPCC AR6: 18 PAGES ECN members were selected to review sections relevant to paleoscience in the upcoming IPCC AR6 report. The next step will be formal training, via a webinar, on how to navigate AR6 and review it efficiently. PAGES SSC member Darrell Kaufman will provide instructions to the chosen reviewers, summarizing the purpose and scope of the paleo content in each of the reviewed chapters and how it might relate to the paleo content in other chapters.

ii. The Early Pages Blog: a. Career gaps are a common experience in the research world and often become a financial, social, and mental burden. This post features five authors who share how their career gaps affected them and how they got to where they are now:
b. Can plants keep secrets? Caitlin MacKenzie writes about the mystery of alpine vegetation of the Maine Mountains and describes how the power of networking and her pursuit of solving the mystery have changed her perception of time:

If you want to share your views and experiences or make your work visible to the wider community, email: or contact leaders via Twitter (@TheEarlyPages).

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

7. Earth Commission call for nominations

PAGES' parent organization Future Earth has launched a call for nominations for the Earth Commission and encourages you to nominate leading scientists to take part in this important mission to achieve global sustainability. The deadline for nominations is 23 April:

8. Working Group meetings and deadlines

i. 2k Network:
Side meeting at ICP13
Sydney, Australia
1 September 2019

ii. C-PEAT:
Peatland ecosystem services during the Anthropocene and beyond
Exeter, UK
1-4 May 2019

iii. CRIAS:
2nd workshop: Integrating documentary evidence into climate reconstruction and impact studies
Leipzig, Germany
7-8 October 2019
Deadlines: TBA

iv. C-SIDE:
2nd workshop: Sea-ice database and model-data framework
Sydney, Australia
29-31 August 2019

v. DAPS:
Applying and comparing proxy system models and data assimilation methods
College Park, MD, USA
29-31 May 2019

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

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

viii. 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

x. 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

xi. SISAL:
4th workshop: Exploiting the SISALv2 database for evaluating climate processes
Xi'an, Shaanxi, China
14-17 October 2019
Expressions of interest deadline: 31 May

xii. QUIGS:
Warm extremes – Marine isotope stage 5e and its relevance to the future
1-4 July 2019
Cambridge, UK

9. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings

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

ii. International Meeting on Paleoclimate: Change and Adaptation
Coimbra, Portugal
17-19 June 2019

iii. 2019 Summer School on Speleothem Science (S4)
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
11-17 August 2019

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

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

vi. 25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists
Bern, Switzerland
4-7 September 2019
Registration deadline: 24 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

10. Future Earth updates

Keep an eye out for future initiatives from Future Earth to mobilize national communities. Future Earth's Paris Hub will hold its second Journée Future Earth (Future Earth Day) on 9 May 2019 at the headquarters of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) from 09:00-17:30. The objective of Future Earth Day is to share the network’s diverse experiences and initiate new collaborations at national, regional and global levels. The French scientific community will have the chance to learn about and discuss Future Earth, its priorities, and the broader Future Earth network. All details: 

11. WCRP updates

i. WMO Public Science Lecture: A public lecture by PAGES' former co-director Thomas Stocker will be held on 8 May 2019 at 16:00, during the 40th Session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. The venue is the WMO Headquarters, 7bis Avenue de la Paix, 1211 Geneva. Attendance is free but registrations must be made online. All details:

ii. WCRP 40th Anniversary 2019: To celebrate its 40th Anniversary, the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) will be coordinating a Climate Science Week at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, 8-13 December 2019. The week will involve a WCRP 40th Anniversary Symposium on 8 December 2019, WCRP-branded science sessions across the AGU Scientific Program, special WCRP-coordinated Town Halls to solicit community involvement in WCRP's four scientific objectives and a Union Session to bring together the wider science community to discuss how to implement the future priorities of climate science:

iii. Read the WCRP March News:

iv. Read the CLIVAR April 2019 Bulletin:

12. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. New endorsed group: PAGES welcomes a new endorsed activity to the fold. The main goals of the Carpathian Climate and Environment Working Group (CarpClim) are to bring together international scientists interested in the Carpathian region, to discuss research results, and promote opportunities for interdisciplinary and international collaboration. More information will be provided on the PAGES website soon:

ii. Climate History Network: The latest issue of the Climate History Newsletter is available, with updates, announcements for upcoming events, calls for papers, snippets from the latest feature articles, and a list of the latest CHN-related publications:

iii. Historical Climatology: Many new feature articles have been published on the website, including a new series (of six articles) on historical perspectives to nuclear energy as a solution to climate change; a major article on the notion that depopulation of the Americas following the European arrival in 1492 added to the cooling of one especially cold stretch of the Little Ice Age; and a piece that explores the difficulty of reconstructing precipitation in Africa. Access them here:

13. Other relevant opportunities

i. Call for Appointments of additional experts to the Pool of Experts for Second World Ocean Assessment: In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly launched the second cycle of the Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment including Socio-economic Aspects to cover the period from 2016 to 2020. The major output of the second cycle will be to produce a second world ocean assessment, building upon the baseline established by the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment. The Group of Experts of the Regular Process have primary responsibility for the preparation of the second world ocean assessment. In preparing the assessment and to provide effective peer-review to ensure the high quality of the output, a much larger Pool of Experts will be needed to support the work of the Group of Experts. Appointments for additional experts by States via note verbale and recommendations by relevant Intergovernmental organizations should be made as soon as possible. Gaps in expertise are identified here: All details here:

ii. 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:

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:

iv. FLAIR Fellowships: Future Leaders – African Independent Research (FLAIR) Fellowships are for talented African early-career researchers who have the potential to become leaders in their field. These fellowships provide the opportunity to build an independent research career in a sub-Saharan African institution and to undertake cutting-edge scientific research that will address global challenges facing developing countries. Call is open until 15 May:

v. JPI Climate & JPI Oceans joint transnational call on next generation climate science in Europe for oceans: This joint call focuses on oceans and climate, using observations and Earth system models in order to address the following topics: Strengthening our understanding of climate variability and extremes resulting from the interactions with the oceans such as extratropical and tropical cyclones, and how they are affected by climate change on a range of time scales. Improving the representation of air-sea interactions, physical and biogeochemical ocean processes in Earth System Models to better represent small-scale non-linear processes as well as water, energy and carbon cycles. Model-data analyses using innovative approaches will be welcome. Improving estimates of climate change induced modifications of ocean physics and ocean chemistry, associated with biogeochemical cycles, including ocean acidification and carbon sequestration. Applications close 14 June:



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