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PAGES e-news vol. 2019, no.8

PAGES e-news vol. 2019, no.8


1. Huge international media interest in 2k Network papers
2. Propose a new PAGES working group by 24 October
3. New ACME working group
. INQUA Congress wrap up
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. IPCC Working Group 1 survey
11. Call for input EGU 2020 Scientific Program
12. Risk KAN Working Groups

13. Future Earth updates
14. WCRP updates
15. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates
16. Other news and opportunities

1. Huge international media interest in 2k Network papers

The two PAGES 2k Network papers published last week in Nature and Nature Geoscience have attracted huge international media interest. If you couldn't access the actual articles before, they're now publicly available (full-text, view-only). Access "No evidence for globally coherent warm and cold periods over the pre-industrial Common Era" in Nature, as well as many accompanying articles, videos, interviews, press releases, and media mentions, here: and "Consistent multidecadal variability in global temperature reconstructions and simulations over the Common Era" in Nature Geoscience, as well as many accompanying articles, videos, interviews, press releases, and media mentions, here:

2. 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:

3. New ACME working group

In case you missed last month's e-news, PAGES has launched a new working group on Arctic Cryosphere Change and Coastal Marine Ecosystems (ACME). Led by Maija Heikkilä, Anna Pienkowski, Sofia Ribeiro, and Kaarina Weckström, the aim of this working group is to assess and refine available marine proxies that can be used to reconstruct past cryosphere changes and their ecosystem impacts. A particular focus will be placed on the techniques and the quality of data, and on the establishment of new protocols to enable more reliable reconstructions, through close dialogue with numerical ecologists and environmental monitoring community. Find out more about ACME, follow the group on Twitter, and join its mailing list:

4. INQUA Congress wrap up

PAGES was well represented at the 20th INQUA Congress in Dublin, Ireland, in July. PAGES Executive Director Marie-France Loutre enjoyed the connections and overlaps between PAGES and INQUA activities. "There were many very interesting sessions and excellent, diverse plenary sessions,” she said. "I appreciated that the plenaries not only talked about the state-of-the-art of their science but also tried to give some perspective for the future.

"On a personal note, I was extremely touched to receive the INQUA Distinguished Service Medal," she said. "It was very emotional to stand on the podium at the presentation, and to have the opportunity to talk about PAGES. There were many great side workshops, splinter meetings, and networking gatherings in addition to the sessions themselves. I want to highlight the ECN splinter that was a unique opportunity for all the early-career researchers from both PAGES and INQUA to discuss the organization of the next PAGES-INQUA workshop."

PAGES working groups look forward to collaborating on future projects with INQUA, as well as the second INQUA-PAGES ECR workshop, titled "Past Socio-Environmental Systems", to be held in La Serena y Coquimbo, Chile, sometime in October/November 2020. Updates about this workshop will be made in future e-news editions, on the PAGES Calendar, and on the ECN homepage.

5. Working Group news

i. Mailing lists: Did you know all PAGES working groups have designated mailing lists? Stay up to date directly. Details on how to subscribe can be found at the bottom of each group's homepage:

ii. 2k Network: a. Congratulations to Iso2k project leader Bronwen Konecky on winning the AGU Nanne Weber Early Career Award:
b. Three new papers have been published by group members. See point 6 for all details.
c. Members of the CoralHydro2k project will conduct a session at the 14th International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS 2020) from 5-10 July 2020 in Bremen, Germany. Abstracts are due 1 September. 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: a. The group has a session planned at the 36th International Geological Congress to be held from 2-8 March 2020 in Delhi, India. The abstract submission deadline is 31 August. All details:
b. The group's second workshop will be held from 29 August to 1 September 2019 in Sydney, Australia. See point 8 for all details.

v. CVAS: Save the date! 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. EcoRe3: A new paper on long-term fire resilience in Ethiopia has been published in the group's special issue of Biology Letters. See point 6 for all details.

vii. Floods: a. The group has a co-organized session planned at the 36th International Geological Congress to be held from 2-8 March 2020 in Delhi, India. The abstract submission deadline is 31 August. All details:
b. Register by 1 October for the first workshop of the group's second phase, to be held from 11-13 November 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. See point 8 for all details.

viii. LandCover6k: a. New paper in Climate of the Past with REVEALS reconstructions in northern Asia. See point 6 for all details.
b. Leaders thank all LandCover6k members and colleagues who were at the INQUA Congress and contributed with excellent presentations and attended the two short group meetings/workshops at University College Dublin. Special thanks to all those who gave oral and poster presentations at the session dedicated to research from or relevant to the working group. In its last phase (ending November 2020) LandCover6k will continue to organize sessions at conferences, e.g. at EGU 2020 and the 15th IPC in Prague 2020.
c. General meeting postponed: The LandCover6k general meeting scheduled for 5-7 December 2019 has been postponed to the first half of 2020. An announcement regarding the rescheduled dates will be made as soon as possible.

ix. PALSEA: a. Group leaders thank everyone involved in PALSEA events at INQUA in Dublin, Ireland. A summary of the workshop will be circulated in due course. If you feel you have benefited from PALSEA, leaders encourage an acknowledgement at the end of any papers. A suggested citation is given here: and your paper will be added to the PALSEA publication list:
b. The 2020 workshop will be held in Columbia/New York and will focus on the modeling aspects of sea level. Keep an eye on Twitter for further details once dates have been confirmed:

x. PALSEA and QUIGS: The recent Quaternary Science Reviews paper from Capron et al. is now available. See point 6 for all details.

xi. SISAL: a. "Evaluating model outputs using integrated global speleothem records of climate change since the last glacial", was published in Climate of the Past. Group leaders thank everyone involved. See point 6 for all details.
b. A new contribution to the group's special issue of Quaternary has been published. See point 6 for all details.
c. The interim SISALv2 database now has 622 speleothem records from 279 cave sites (+16 stals superseded by newer papers), improving on the published SISALv1 version from less than a year ago, which "only" had 381 speleothem records. Group leader Laia Comas-Bru thanks all regional coordinators for doing a terrific job collecting, formatting and QC'ing all these data. Additional records for SISALv2 will be accepted until 31 August. If someone has a record to contribute, please contact your regional coordinator as soon as possible:

xii. VICS: Group leaders are preparing a special issue of Climate of the Past with the working title "Interdisciplinary studies of volcanic impacts on climate and society". Nine articles are planned, specifically a series of case studies focusing on specific eruptions or time periods, which have grown out of prior VICS meetings. Before officially initiating the special issue, leaders would like to strongly encourage further contributions of proposed articles. If you are interested in including your work in the VICS special issue, please contact Dr Matthew Toohey before 15 September with a title, author list and short abstract:

6. Recent products

i. 2k Network: a. In "No evidence for globally coherent warm and cold periods over the pre-industrial Common Era", published in Nature, authors find that previously named climate epochs of the Common Era were not globally coherent phenomena. This is in contrast to the contemporary anthropogenic warming which we do find is globally coherent to an extent that hasn’t happened in the past 2,000 years:
b. In "Consistent multidecadal variability in global temperature reconstructions and simulations over the Common Era", published in Nature Geoscience, authors show the most rapid warming of the past 2,000 years occurred during the second half of the 20th century - highlighting the extraordinary character of current climate change, due mostly to human emissions of heat-trapping gases:
c. Researchers from the former Euro-Med2k subgroup published a paper in Environmental Research Letters on the association between summer temperature and drought across Europe over both short and long timescales, titled "European warm-season temperature and hydroclimate since 850 CE":

ii. EcoRe3: Graciela Gil-Romera et al. published the paper "Long-term fire resilience of the Ericaceous Belt, Bale Mountains, Ethiopia" in Biology Letters, which shows the most continuous fire record of the whole African highlands, a sequence spanning the last 14ka years, in Garba Guracha:
This paper is a contribution to the special feature "Ecological resilience: from theory to empirical observations using long-term datasets" organized by EcoRe3.

iii. LandCover6k: a. A new paper from Xianyong Cao et al. titled "Pollen-based quantitative land-cover reconstruction for northern Asia covering the last 40 ka cal BP", using the REVEALS model, was published in Climate of the Past:
b. Sandy Harrison et al. have a paper in discussion in Geoscientific Model Development titled "Development and testing of scenarios for implementing Holocene LULC in Earth System Model Experiments". Access it and contribute here:

iv. PALSEA and QUIGS: A new paper, titled "Challenges and research priorities to understand interactions between climate, ice sheets and global mean sea level during past interglacials", which stems from the groups' joint meeting in September 2018, was published in Quaternary Science Reviews:

v. SISAL: a. Laia Comas-Bru et al. used an updated version of the SISAL database and paleoclimate simulations generated using the ECHAM5-wiso isotope-enabled climate model to provide a protocol for using speleothem isotopic data for model evaluation, including screening the observations and the optimum period for the modern observational baseline:
b. Authors use the first version of the SISAL database to present an overview of Chinese hydro-climate variability related to the Asian Summer Monsoon during three periods: the late Pleistocene, the Holocene, and the last two millennia:

7. PAGES Early-Career Network updates

i. ECN at ICP13: A side meeting will be held during the 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography in Sydney, Australia, on 4 September 2019. See point 8 for all details.

ii. The Early Pages Blog: Some PhD students think of their research project as their child. Or maybe as a very long, painful pregnancy. However, is raising a child also like doing a lifetime PhD? Nguyen Tan Thai Hung shares his story of the struggles and beauty of being both an ECR and a parent - featuring self-reflection, doubts, acceptance, and the importance of a support system:
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. Save the date: The next PAGES-INQUA ECR workshop, titled "Past Socio-Environmental Systems", will be held in October or November 2020 in La Serena y Coquimbo, Chile. More information to come. The first joint ECR workshop was held in 2018:

iv. Join the Write Club: The PAGES ECN Write Club holds regular online writing retreats for ECRs from all over the globe. Participants come together to write in a time-structured way, with the moral support of fellow ECRs. If you find it difficult to dedicate time to writing, if you find yourself easily distracted by colleagues or responsibilities, if you are a master procrastinator, if you’re looking for ways to be more efficient, or if you’re simply curious about how this works, contact:

v. Newsletters: All the monthly ECN Newsletters can now be found in a new menu tab:

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

8. Working Group meetings and deadlines

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

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

iii. C-SIDE:
2nd workshop: Sea-ice database and model-data framework
Sydney, Australia
29 August to 1 September 2019

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

v. ECN:
Side meeting at ICP13
Sydney, Australia
4 September 2019

vi. Floods Working Group:
Floods hazard in a warmer world: insight from past flood records
Geneva, Switzerland
11-13 November 2019
Deadline: 1 October

vii. LandCover6k:
a. Pollen based estimates of past land cover in South and Southeast Asia
Pondicherry, India
11-14 September 2019
Deadlines: TBA

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

9. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings

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

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

iii. 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography
Sydney, Australia
2-6 September 2019

iv. 25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists
Bern, Switzerland
4-7 September 2019

v. CLImatic MOdes of VARiability (CLIMOVAR) over the Holocene: model-data synergies to improve future projections
Barcelona, Spain
25-27 September 2019

10. IPCC Working Group 1 survey

You are invited to participate in a brief survey for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I. This survey focuses on user needs for the Technical Summary of the 6th Assessment Report (AR6), scheduled for publication in 2021. The IPCC is divided into three Working Groups and a Task Force. Working Group I (WGI) deals with The Physical Science Basis of Climate Change, Working Group II (WGII) with Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability and Working Group III (WGIII) with Mitigation of Climate Change.

As part of the WGI report (typically +1000 pages), a Technical Summary (~70 pages) is also provided. To ensure that this Technical Summary is useful to a wide range of users, your input is appreciated. This survey, from the WGI Technical Support Unit, deals only with the findings related to the physical science basis of climate change. The deadline for responses is midnight (CET) 17 August: Should you have any comments or questions, please contact:

11. Call for input EGU 2020 Scientific Program

The EGU General Assembly 2020 (EGU2020) will be held at the Austria Center Vienna (ACV) in Vienna, Austria, from 3-8 May 2020. The call to take an active part in organizing the scientific program is open until 5 September. You can do this by suggesting sessions, with conveners and a description, at:

12. Risk KAN Working Groups

The Knowledge-Action Network on Emergent Risks and Extreme Events (Risk KAN for short) is a joint initiative of the Future Earth, IRDR and WCRP programs:

The Risk KAN provides an open platform for scientific communities from across science disciplines and engineering working on extreme events, disaster risk reduction and governance to exchange information, knowledge and data and engage in collaborative research activities. As a starting point, eight overarching topics for Working Groups (and their contact points) were identified by the Development Team: Compound events (Markus Reichstein); Critical infrastructures (Patricia Romero-Lanko); Early warning (Brian Golding); Eco-DRR (Takehito Yoshida); Learning from the past [past4future] (Felix Riede); Low elevated coastal zones and cities (Qian Ye); Modelling and insurance (Reinhard Mechler); and Systemic risks and global governance (Gordon McBean). Subscribe to the Risk KAN mailing list on its home page.

The group with the closest connections to PAGES' activities is "Learning from the past [past4future]". Contact Felix Riede for more information:

13. Future Earth updates

i. New website: The new-look Future Earth website is live:
PAGES is a Global Research Project of Future Earth:

ii. Future Earth Explainers: Sustainability science is multifaceted work. Future Earth Explainers break down complex sustainability concepts for an informed, non-scientific audience, by taking the latest science from the global research community – on topics as broad as systems-thinking or water security – and translating into insights and context for decision-makers and engaged citizens. Read the first installment:

iii. Reminder! Global Land Programme (GLP) Special Issue: PAGES' fellow Future Earth Global Research Project GLP has made all articles in its newly released special issue of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (vol.38) available free of charge for individual download as PDFs until December 2019:

14. WCRP updates

i. Special issue of WCRP News: Upcoming opportunities for early-to-mid-career researchers:

ii. 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:

iii. The WCRP Strategic Plan 2019-2028 is now available. The priorities that have been set are the result of extensive consultation with researchers across the entire Programme. This Strategic Plan will be operationalized through an Implementation Plan that will be developed during 2019 and 2020:

iv. Read the CLIVAR August 2019 Bulletin:

15. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

Varves Working Group: This PAGES-endorsed (and former) working group now has a quick link to their webpages:

16. Other news and opportunities

i. WDS co-convened Third International Polar Data Forum (PDF III): Abstracts due 16 August for PDF III to be held from 18-22 November 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. Notification of abstract acceptance is 30 August. Registration is open until 8 November. All details:

ii. Virtual participation: The Polar Earth Observing Network (POLENET) 2019 Glacial Isostatic Adjustment (GIA) Training School will be held from 26-30 August 2019 in Lantmäteriet, Gävle, Sweden. Follow the lectures remotely - hear the lecturers and view the slides - in real-time or on delay if timezones make it difficult. Access the preliminary agenda: Information about how to join remotely will be posted on the POLENET website approximately one week before the start of the training school. Questions can be sent to:

iii. European Commission opens co-design process for Horizon Europe Research Programme: The European Commission is preparing the implementation of Horizon Europe, the next and most ambitious EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027) with a proposed budget of €100 billion, in an intensive co-design process. The process will help shape European research and innovation investments in the coming years. As part of the process, the Commission has launched an online consultation. The consultation will collect input from across Europe and beyond. The inputs received will inform the work to prepare a 'Strategic Plan' for Horizon Europe, which will then guide the work programmes and calls for proposals for Horizon Europe's first four years (2021-2024). The Commission invites anyone with an interest in future EU research and innovation priorities, anywhere in the world, to participate in the consultation, which will close on 8 September:

iv. Call for Applications to Host International Data Week (IDW) 2021 or 2023: Organized by the Committee on Data (CODATA) and the World Data System (WDS) of the International Science Council (ISC), and the Research Data Alliance (RDA), this landmark event brings together data scientists, researchers, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and data stewards from disciplines across the globe to explore how best to exploit the data revolution to improve science and society through data-driven discovery and innovation. IDW combines the RDA Plenary Meeting, the biannual meeting of this international member organization working to develop and support global infrastructure facilitating data sharing and reuse, and SciDataCon, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research organized by CODATA and WDS. Applications should be sent by no later than 30 September. All details:

v. Creative? Microfossil enthusiast? Have loads of images of microfossils you've analysed, or plankton that you've cultured? The Micropalaeontological Society (TMS) would like to invite you to submit an image to this year's image competition. Since 2014, the society has held a micropalaeo-themed image competition, where the winning images are compiled into a calendar. Submissions close on 30 September at 23:59 Pacific Standard Time. Email TMS Publicity Officer Rehemat Bhatia for all details on how to enter:

vi. IPBES: Call for Nominations for Scoping of "Nexus" and "Transformative Change" Assessments. Apply by 15 October. All details:

vii. Online platform/competition: "I'm a Scientist - Get me out of here" gives scientists (anyone in academia: PhD students, technicians, professors, etc.) the opportunity to present their work to students. It’s a competition between scientists where students are the judges. Applications are open year round. The next activity runs 11–22 November:



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