PAGES e-news vol. 2021, no.9

PAGES e-news vol. 2021, no. 9


1. Launch of PAGES website
2. PAGES' 6th OSM & 4th YSM online in May 2022
3. Apply by 20 September for new working groups and workshop support
4. Apply by 30 September for PAGES-IAI Fellowship Program
5. Inter-Africa Mobility Research Fellowship Program
6. Call for Past Global Changes Horizons hard copies
7. Working group news
8. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)
9. Recent publications
10. Supported and endorsed workshops, and endorsed and affiliated groups' news

11. Future Earth
12. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
13. Other news and opportunities

1. Launch of PAGES website

Last month we launched the new PAGES website, which we hope you are enjoying. Please bear with us as we continue to iron out any unforeseen issues, and please do not hesitate to contact us if you need information that is not available in this launch phase.

2. PAGES' 6th OSM & 4th YSM online in May 2022

Unfortunately, due to continuing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as travel and economic unpredictability, the decision was taken not to host the already once-postponed 6th Open Science Meeting (OSM) and 4th Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) on-site in Agadir, Morrocco, in May 2022. However, after much consultation and discussion between the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), PAGES SSC and EXCOM, it was decided that the event would take place online.
The new dates for the OSM are 16-20 May 2022. The YSM will take place in the week before the OSM, but exact dates have yet to be confirmed. The LOC and PAGES IPO are working hard to finalize information, and as soon as this is available, will be communicated across all our channels, including the PAGES website and OSM website. Please check in regularly for updates. 

3. Apply by 20 September for new working groups and workshop support

The deadline for applications for new PAGES working groups and financial support to hold a workshop or meeting is on 20 September. You must have contacted a PAGES SSC member at least two weeks before the deadline to advise them of your plans. 

> Information about creating a new working group
> Information about applying for financial support to conduct a workshop or meeting from April 2022 onwards

4. Apply by 30 September for PAGES-IAI Fellowship Program

PAGES and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) have created a new fellowship opportunity for Latin American and Caribbean early-career scientists.

The International Mobility Research Fellowship Program supports Latin American and Caribbean early-career scientists pursuing international research experience in paleoscience. It will cover the costs associated with travel and living expenses while abroad. This program, which will run for a minimum of two years, will support up to six fellowships per year.

The call for applications is now open. Fellowships will be awarded for a short duration (one to three months) and must be used within 12 months. The deadline for applications is 30 September at 23:00 UYT (02:00 UTC 1 October). > All details

5. Inter-Africa Mobility Research Fellowship Program

PAGES is pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity for African early-career scientists studying past global changes.

The program aims to give limited support for travel and subsistence to early-career researchers from African countries (PhD students and postdocs at African institutions), who are interested in gaining experience in another African country. The final goal is to contribute to the development of collaborative research and the promotion of a paleoscience network within Africa. The deadline for applications is 30 October at 22:00 UTC.
For more information on who can apply, the application process and other information, please click here.

6. Call for Past Global Changes Horizons hard copies

The deadline for contributions to the Past Global Changes Horizons magazine has arrived (Today; 15 September), and we would like to start the call for anyone interested in receiving hard copies of the forthcoming volume two and/or the first volume. If anyone is interested in receiving hard copies, please contact us via email and let us know which volume(s) you are interested in, an updated postal address and how many copies. 

7. Working group news

i. Mailing lists
Did you know all PAGES working groups have designated mailing lists? Stay up to date directly. > Details for all mailing lists

ii. 2k Network
a.The 2k Network continues to host a seminar series which is free to join. The next seminars are on 29 September with Ed Hawkins on "Connecting paleo reconstructions and instrumental records" > calendar, and on 13 October with Thomas Felis & Hussein Sayani. > calendar. To view videos of past seminar series, please visit the 2k Network seminar series webpage
b. CoralHydro2k: Have you collected seawater δ18O data, but have nowhere to store it? Then please submit your data to the CoralHydro2k Seawater δ18O Database. > All details

iii. Arctic Cryosphere Change and Coastal Marine Ecosystems (ACME)
a. The workshop "Towards reliable proxy-based reconstructions: community perspectives and criteria for the ACME database" will take place as a hybrid event from 25-27 October 2021 at Tvärminne Zoological Station by the Gulf of Finland, Finland. The deadline for registration is 24 September. One of the main ACME goals is to build a community-refined database for proxies commonly used for environmental reconstructions in Arctic coastal and fjord environments. This hybrid workshop aims to define proxy criteria and a conceptual database structure. > Calendar

iv. Carbon in Peat on EArth through Time (C-PEAT)
a. In order to create a synthesis database, C-PEAT leaders plan to hold online 'Happy Hour' events (one for North Americans and one for Europeans). Dr Nicole Sanderson, the C-PEAT data steward for the next year, will be co-leading the data gathering, formatting, and analysis efforts. Everyone involved in, or who has, peat core datasets is invited to attend. The deadline for data collection is 31 December. Announcements about the Happy Hour dates and times will be made asap. If you have questions, please email Julie Losiel. > Calendar
b. Peatland Pavilion at COP26 in Glasgow, UK, November 2021: C-PEAT will show off the importance of peatlands - both as paleo archives as well as carbon stores/nature-based climate solutions - at COP26. Group leaders Julie Loisel and Angela Gallego-Sala want to create an international library of peat cores and develop an interactive peatland map. They hope to collect cores (or "peat stories" for the interactive map) from at least 20 different countries. If you wish to know more or find out how to contribute, please email Julie Loisel.
c. The joint PAGES-INQUA workshop on tropical peatland processes and ecosystem services, which was postponed from March 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand, will either be held sometime in late 2021, or possibly even in 2022, depending on COVID-19 restrictions. > Calendar

v. Climate Reconstruction and Impacts from the Archives of Societies (CRIAS)
a. The deadline for submissions to the group's special issue of Climate of the Past "International methods and comparisons in climate reconstruction and impacts from archives of societies" is 30 November. Group leaders encourage submissions and reviews of articles in discussion. > Access the special issue on the Climate of the Past website

vi. Cycles of Sea-Ice Dynamics in the Earth system (C-SIDE)
a. The call for contributions to the group's Climate of the Past special issue "Reconstructing Southern Ocean sea-ice dynamics on glacial-to-historical timescales" continues; submission deadline is 31 December, extendable if necessary. > Access the special issue on the Climate of the Past website The special issue editors are Karen Kohfeld, Xavier Crosta, Alice Marzocchi, Juliane Müller, Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz, Laurie Menviel, and Bjørg Risebrobakken. Authors can submit their contributions by using the online registration form on the journal website. During the registration process it is important that the correct special issue is selected. > Submission instructions
b. The group's third workshop "Integrating sea-ice proxies, model simulations, and complementary records of glacial-interglacial climate change", planned for May 2021 in Bordeaux, France, will be held in 2022 instead. New dates will be announced as soon as possible. > Calendar 

vii. Integrating diverse knowledge systems for environmental policy (DiverseK)
a. DiverseK will be hosting a webinar on 16 September, 14:00 - 15:30 UTC on the topic "Indigenous peoples' experience working with scientific researchers". For questions or further information, please contact Kayla De Freitas. > Calendar  
b. Sara Sayedi (Brigham Young University) is now completing her expert assessment on global fire regime changes. She is still looking for a few more experts on the East Palearctic, Indo Malay and Afrotropical regions. To find more, please email Sara

viii. Human Traces
a. Register by 17 September for the group's second workshop "An interdisciplinary view of Human Traces" which will be held online from 21-23 September. > Calendar
b. The group plans to hold a workshop during the IAL-IPA joint meeting "Lakes as Memories of the Landscape" in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. Once again, however, the event has been postponed from March 2022 to November/December 2022 due to COVID-19 uncertainties. More information will be provided once dates and plans are confirmed. Details will be posted on the website:

ix. LandCover6k
a. A new paper by Sluyter A. titled "Reconstruction of Anthropogenic Land-Cover Change for Middle America, 1500 CE" has been published in Advances in Environmental and Engineering Research. See point 9 for more details. 
b. The group's 4th General Workshop, from 2-4 December 2021, has now been converted to an online event only. The new deadline for registration will be 1 November.  > Calendar
c. LandCover6k is in its second and last phase. Group leader Marie-José Gaillard will finish her tenure with the final working group annual report which will be submitted in March 2022. However, this does not mean that LandCover6k science-related activities will stop. Discussions are ongoing and alternatives are being discussed in relation to future plans. Therefore, if you are interested in being involved in future work and collaborations related to past land-use and land-cover change, please contact a member of the co-ordinating group.

x. PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA)
a.  A new paper by Maxwell K et al. has been published in Earth System Science Data with the title "A standardized database of Last Interglacial (MIS 5e) sea-level indicators in Southeast Asia". See point 9 for more details.
b. A new paper by Boyden P et al. has been published in Geo-Marine Letters on "Hurricane Matthew in 2100: effects of extreme sea level rise scenarios on a highly valued coastal area (Palm Beach, FL, USA)". See point 9 for more details.

xi. Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and AnaLysis (SISAL)
The group's fifth workshop, which was scheduled to take place in Jerusalem, Israel, in October 2021, has been postponed until the first half of 2022. > Calendar

xii. Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS)
The group's next workshop in Aarhus, Denmark, has been postponed, most likely until 2022. > Calendar

8. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)

i. New steering committee members
PAGES ECN is pleased to welcome two new members to the steering committee: Georgy Falster (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington University in St. Louis, USA) and Ignacio Jara (Postdoctoral Researcher CEAZA Scientific Centre, Chile). They will join the SC in its primary tasks of visioning, coordination, communication, and organization for the ECN.
ii. Webinars
If you have any ideas for a webinar and want to organize it for PAGES ECN, please reach out to the webinar cluster. Please also refer to the PAGES calendar for a more complete listing of PAGES webinars and other webinars of interest. 
iii. Mailing list
To receive a more comprehensive list of ECN news and announcements, sign up to the mailing list

9. Recent publications

i. 2k Network seminar series
Access the 2k seminar series recordings from past presentations, including Johann Jungclaus and Evelien van Dijk on "Transient simulations over the Common Era", Jason Smerdon and Nathan Steiger on "Annual Reconstructions of Global Hydroclimate Fields over the Common Era using Data Assimilation" and Nick McKay "2k Network data stewardship", via the 2k Network playlist. > PAGES' YouTube channel

a. 'A standardized database of Last Interglacial (MIS 5e) sea-level indicators in Southeast Asia' by Maxwell K et al. has been published in Earth System Science Data. "In Southeast Asia, several studies have reported elevation and age information on MIS 5e sea-level proxies, such as fossil coral reef terraces or tidal notches, but a standardized database of such data was hitherto missing. In this paper, we produced such a sea-level database using the framework of the World Atlas of Last Interglacial Shorelines." The data presented in this study were compiled in WALIS, a sea-level database interface developed by the ERC starting grant “WARMCOASTS”, in collaboration with the PALSEA (PAGES/INQUA) working group. > Article
b. 'Hurricane Matthew in 2100: effects of extreme sea level rise scenarios on a highly valued coastal area (Palm Beach, FL, USA)' by Boyden P et al in Geo-Marine Letters looks at the impacts of sea-level rise on Palm Beach Florida; "one of the most valuable coastal real estate markets globally." Results reveal that "the effective doubling of future sea level under heightened Antarctic ice loss amplifies flow velocity and wave height, leading to a 46% increase in eroded beach volume and the overtopping of coastal protection structures. This further exacerbates the vulnerability of coastal properties on the island, leading to significant increases in parcel inundation." > Article

iii. LandCover6k
a. Andrew Sluyter has published research in the special issue Climate and Land Change in Advances in Environmental and Engineering Research titled 'Reconstruction of Anthropogenic Land-Cover Change for Middle America, 1500 CE'. The study presented in this paper is part of the LandCover6k working group activities going back to PAGES supported workshops in Paris in 2015 and Utrecht in 2016. The project shows "how to use existing syntheses of many decades of historical social science research to produce empirically derived land-use maps in a GIS for large regions for a specific target year at a resolution appropriate to the calibration of existing anthropogenic land-cover change (ALCC) models." > Access special issue

10. Supported and endorsed workshops, and endorsed and affiliated 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

i. Madagascar workshop 2022
The PAGES-supported "Synergy between palaeo-scientists, ecologists and stakeholders for biodiversity conservation in Madagascar" workshop will be held from 2-5 March 2022 in Ranomafana, Madagascar. > Calendar

ii. IAL-IPA conference 2022
The PAGES-supported IAL-IPA joint meeting "Lakes as Memories of the Landscape" will no longer be held in March 2022. Due to uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organizers have taken the difficult decision to postpone the event again to November/December 2022 with the hope that this will enable more people to attend in-person in Argentina. More information will be provided once dates and plans are confirmed. > Calendar

iii. Climate Change, The Karst Record
The PAGES-supported KR9 Conference will be taking place from 17-20 July, 2022, with peripheral activities taking place between 16 and 25 July, 2022. Further details will follow in due course. Deadlines TBA. > Calendar

iv. Carpathian Climate and Environment Working Group (CarpClim)
The PAGES-supported Carpathian-Balkan Paleoscience Workshop will be held online and in Sacel, Maramures, Romania, from 5-10 October 2021. > Calendar

v. Deep icE corE Proxies to Infer past antarctiC climatE dynamics (DEEPICE)
a. The 15 selected PhD students working on the DEEPICE project will meet for the first time in October 2021. > Calendar

vi. Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS)
a. ICYS is holding a monthly international ice-core seminar series with talks from senior researchers and early-career researchers on a similar theme. The next seminar will be held by Tessa Vance from the University of Tasmania, Australia, and Sarah Jackson from the Australian National University, Australia on 23 September, 07:00 - 08:00 UTC. > Calendar 
b. Videos of the eighth seminar series which was held on 19 August are now available online.

vii. International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS)
The PAGES-supported 3rd IPICS Open Science Conference, which was due to be held from 10-15 October 2021 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, will now be held from 2-7 October 2022. The Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) workshop will be held on 1 October 2022. > Calendar

viii. International Paleofire Network (IPN)
a. Upcoming IPN Paleofire seminar series on 20 October with Grant Snitker from the US Forest service, USA on "Leveraging archaeological perspectives in reconstructing historical fire and fuel conditions: a case study from coastal South Carolina, USA" > IPN website
b. The recording of the fourth seminar, with Dr. Abraham Dabengwa, from the School of Animal, Plant & Environmental Sciences, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, presenting “Influence of grass layer flammability and palatability on prehistoric fire records from selected African grassy biomes” is now available.
> Watch

ix. Climate History Network (CHN)
For a full update of news, read the CHN newsletter

x. Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)
> Read the August Newsletter

10. World Data Service for Paleoclimatology (WDS-Paleo)

i. PAGES would like to extend congratulations to Dr. Carrie Morrill who has been announced as the new Director of the World Data Service for Paleoclimatology. We look forward to continuing our WDS-Paleo partnership with Dr. Morrill at the helm and wish her all the best in her new role. The WDS-Paleo Director can be contacted at:
ii. The deadline to submit a proposal to host the IDW2025 has been extended to 31 January 2022. The announcement will be made at the IDW in June 2022. Please find the revised announcement and details here

11. Future Earth

i. The Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress (SRI) 2021 has made the decision to make the content of the Congress openly available to anyone interested. There are over 100 recorded sessions. If you are interested in watching the recordings, you can sign up for free and watch the recordings here. In addition, the SRI are still looking for contributions to the Brisbane Message Stick which will be "a living artefact carrying the learnings, key messages and major action items that emerge from SRI2021 on to SRI2022 and beyond." Contributions to the Message Stick survey can be made here
ii.Call for proposals for side events for the resumed session of the fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly - deadline 30 September 2021. The UNEA (United Nations Environment Assembly) is opening a call for side events to be held during the next UNEA to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on 28 February – 2 March 2022.
All side-events must clearly focus on the overall theme of the fifth session of the Environment Assembly – “Strengthening actions for nature to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.” Events should be relevant to one or more of the following focus areas of the theme and take into account the need to build back better and more sustainably from COVID-19. All information about this call and guidelines are available here.
iii. Earlier in 2021, Future Earth called for the community to express interest in hosting global secretariat hubs in any country or region working to promote global sustainability science and supporting the overall mission of Future earth. After rigorous review, the following eight Global Secretariat Hubs have been selected: Canada, China, France, Japan, South Asia, Sweden, Taipei, and the USA. > Announcement

12. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

i. Discussion Series: Tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt change in the Earth system
This discussion series aims to advance the knowledge about tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt changes in the Earth system. It supports efforts to increase consistency in the treatment of tipping elements in the scientific community, develop a research agenda, and design joint experiments and ideas for a Tipping Element Model Intercomparison Project (TipMip). > All details

ii. Extremes workshop
The WCRP Workshop on Extremes in Climate Prediction Ensemble (ExCPEns) "Subseasonal, seasonal, annual to decadal, and multi-decadal" will be held from 25-27 October in Busan, Korea, and also online. > All details

iii. WCRP Open Science Conference 2023
The WCRP Open Science Conference 2023, tentatively scheduled for March 2023, will bring together diverse research communities, programmes and partners to discuss the latest developments in climate science, with an emphasis on science-based information for decision making. The Conference will also celebrate the achievements of WCRP's Grand Challenges which will close at the end of 2022. A call for bids to host the conference will be announced soon. > All details

Read the September Bulletin > here.

13. Other news and opportunities

i. 2nd Paleoclimate Hackathon
PaleoHack is a free, virtual event organized by LinkedEarth, supported by the US National Science Foundation, aiming to build capacity in the analysis of paleoclimate timeseries. PaleoHack leverages the emerging data standard LiPD (Linked Paleo Data) and associated software ecosystem in Python. The event is aimed at early-career researchers, but all are welcome within the limits of available seats. > More information

ii. Launch of The Developing Country Palaeoscience Network (Palaeo-DCN)
Palaeo-DCN is an initiative aimed at developing community, representation and resources for developing country researchers (DCRs) from all disciplines of the Quarternary palaeosciences. They seek to be maximally inclusive and encourage participation from all researchers in developing countries. Find out more and/or join the initiative here

iii. 19th Swiss Geoscience Meeting
Abstract submissions for the 19th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19-20 November 2021 have now closed, but applications to apply for the following awards are open until 30 September: CHGEOL Award, Swiss Geological Society Prize, Swiss Commission of Palaeontology Prize. Deadline to apply for the SCNAT Prix Schläfli in Geosciences 2022 is open until 31 October. > More information

iv. Climate of the Past Special Issues
The special issue "International methods and comparisons in climate reconstruction and impacts from archives of societies" is open for new submissions until 30 November. > More information
The special issue “Interdisciplinary studies of volcanic impacts on climate and society” is open for new submissions until November. > More information

v. Ice Core Early Career Researchers Workshop (ICECReW)
ICECReW is a professional development workshop sponsored by IDP for early-career researchers whose work contributes to the drilling, processing, or interpretation of ice core data. The workshop will be taking place online and in-person from 5-8 January 2022. The deadline for applications is 30 September. More information available on the Ice Drill website.  

vi. Pal(a)eo PERCS
Pal(a)eo PERCS is a weekly virtual (zoom) seminar series for all those working in the broad field of “Pal(a)eo” sciences (e.g., -ntology, -ecology, -oceanography, -climate). It promotes and features work by Early Career Researchers but the seminar is for people at every career stage. PERCS take place on Zoom, and consists of a live streamed short (~30 min) seminar followed by a Q&A session and an opportunity for small group discussion and networking with other attendees. All information and upcoming talks are available online. > More information 


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