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PAGES Newsletter January 2022


1. Happy New Year

2. PAGES' 6th OSM online in May 2022

3. PAGES' 4th YSM online in May 2022

4. New Working Groups and phase extensions 

5. Working group news

6. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)

7. Supported and endorsed workshops, and endorsed and affiliated groups' news

8. Future Earth

9. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

10. Other news and opportunities

1. Happy New Year

The PAGES IPO team would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. Thank you for your continued support and we hope that 2022 will bring many more opportunities for scientific collaboration and networking.

2. PAGES' 6th OSM online in May 2022

Don't forget that registration and abstract submission are open for the 6th online OSM. Deadline for abstract submission is 31 January 2022. Register here:  

PAGES working groups will be hosting a number of sessions:

i. 2k Network, Session 28: Regional and transregional climate variability over the last 2000 years

ii. ACME, Session 34: Cryosphere change impacts on arctic coastal environments and ecosystems during the Holocene

iii. C-PEAT, Session 37: Peatland ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services: How paleoscience and management can feed back to each other

iv. CRIAS, Session 22: Historical climate reconstruction and impacts utilizing written records

v. CVAS. Session 13: Climate variability across scales and climate states

vi. Floods, Session 16: Towards an improved understanding of past flood variability and examples on how such data can have a bearing on present and future flood risk management

vii. LandCover6k, Session 21: Deep histories of land-use and land-cover change in African montane regions

Session 41: Towards a global past human land-use and land-cover synthesis over the Holocene

viii. PEOPLE3000, Session 40: Integrating method and theory for global comparisons of human demography and climate change in the Late Holocene

ix. Joint initiative from QUIGS and PALSEA, Session 2: The last interglacial

x. SISAL, Session 3: New developments in speleothem paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental science

xi. VICS, Session 12: Volcanic impacts on climate and society

Integrative activities and endorsed and affiliated groups:

i. Varves working group, Session 6: Sedimentary varves: High-resolution archives of past climate and environmental change

ii. Extremes and risks integrative activity, Session 14: Past extremes and risks assessment: Linking the instrumental and the paleo record

iii. Tipping Points IA, Session 25: Tipping points in the Earth system: Can the past inform us about the future?

iv. Risk KAN, WCRP Grand Challenge Extremes, IRDR, Thresholds IA, Extremes IA, Session 20: Societal risk arising from global change: Past, present, future

Full list of the OSM sessions  

3. PAGES' 4th YSM online in May 2022

Applications for the 4th Young Scientist Meeting is also open. Deadline for applications is 31 January 2022. Apply here

4. New working groups and phase extensions

i. Q-MARE - Disentangling climate and pre-industrial human impacts on marine ecosystems launched in January 2022. The group will kick off activities with their first meeting taking place from 17-19 January. > Calendar

ii. 2k Network - Phase 4 has been approved. The first three phases generated critical input to the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report and will continue to provide critical data for enhancing understanding of hydroclimate changes over the Common Era, including quantification of the influence of changes in oceanic and atmospheric circulation patterns on regional hydroclimate. 

iii. C-SIDE - Phase 2 has been approved. PAGES congratulates C-SIDE for the quality of its products and we look forward to our continued cooperation and the next stage of C-SIDE.

5. 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

The 2k Network January 2022 circular is available. It outlines details of the group's plans for its fourth phase and introduces the new coordination team. > January 2022 circular 

iii. Arctic Cryosphere Change and Coastal Marine Ecosystems (ACME)

Mimmi Oksman and Anna Bang Kvorning have written a blog article about the ACME working group and its research in the blog of the Cryospheric Sciences (CR) Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) titled "Climate Change & the Cryosphere: Fjord sediments reveal how melting ice impact the marine ecosystem." > Read blog post

iv. Carbon in Peat on EArth through Time (C-PEAT)

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Loisel, co-leader of the PAGES C-PEAT working group, on being named the 2021 recipient of the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal For Outstanding Young Quaternary Scientists Award. To read more about the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal For Outstanding Young Quaternary Scientists Award and the nominated candidates, read the INQUA newsletter here.  

v. Integrating diverse knowledge systems for environmental policy (DiverseK)

The Call for papers with the Special Topic on Transdisciplinarity, Palaeoecology and Sustainable Conservation: “Past Forward: Using Long-Term Data as Part of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Biodiversity Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services" is now open for submissions in Frontiers in Conservation Science. Deadline for abstract submission is 25 February 2022. Submission instructions

vi. Human Traces

a. The Human Traces monthly webinar series continues with the second webinar taking place on 19 January, 15:00 UTC. This webinar will host Prof. Jacob Freeman from Utah State University and member of the PAGES PEOPLE 3000 working group. > More information 

Information about all webinars can be found here 

b. The recording of the first webinar is available to watch online. > Watch 

vii. LandCover6k

a. The LandCover6k working group has sunsetted.

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 coordinating group.

b. The lectures and discussions of the last general workshop held from 2-4 December 2021 are now available to watch online. > Watch 

All details of the workshop can be found here.

viii. Understanding past ecological trends (PaleoEcoGen

The group is launching a series of webinars (open to anyone interested), which will be on the third or fourth Thursday of the month at 15:00 GMT. This seminar series will be focused on critical transitions and how we can potentially use ancient environmental DNA to detect and characterize past ecological transitions in a broad range of environments. To receive details about the seminars and instructions for registering, please join the PaleoEcoGen mailing list.

ix. Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and AnaLysis (SISAL)

The 5th SISAL workshop dates have been confirmed to take place from 28 February - 4 March 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. After having been postponed twice in 2021 due to COVID-19, the group has finalized the dates, changed the title, and updated the program and speakers. > Calendar

6. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)

i. Science communication outreach project

The ECN is piloting a new science communication outreach project showcasing interviews in languages other than English. The interviews will concern how you got interested in science and what your career pathway has been; i.e. where has science taken you. They are seeking both early career and senior scientists as, ideally, each interview will be between persons at different career stages. They anticipate that the interviews themselves should take approximately 30 minutes with some additional time commitment necessary for reading/approving English-translated captions. The aim is to distribute the interviews to high school and undergraduate students with the goal to highlight the diverse background of scientists and to showcase (paleo-)science as a career path. If you have any interest (including questions!) in participating in this project, please contact them at (outreach[dot]pages[dot]ecn[at]gmail[dot]com). Please also feel free to share this email with anyone you think may be interested. 

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

7. 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. Varves WG

The Varves WG will start a monthly online seminar series in 2022. The seminars will take place at 15:00 GMT with the link for the video meeting given 24 hours before via the VWG mailing list. Please subscribe to the mailing list to receive the link. > Calendar. Suggestions for future presentations on Varve research are more than welcome. Please contact (Adrian Palmer )or (Celia Martin Puertas).

ii. Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS)

a. The 12th seminar was held on 14 December 2021. The recordings are now available to watch online. 

b. The 13th seminar will be held on 20 January 2022 at 14:00 UTC with Shoehei Hattori (International Center for Isotope Effects Research, Nanjing University): Acidity-driven enhancement of sulfate formation after SO2 emission control evidenced by 17O-excess of ice core sulfate and Yoshinori Iizuka (Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University): Ice Core Drilling and the Related Studies for SE-Dome site, southeastern Greenland Ice Sheet. > Calendar

8. Future Earth

i. Read the Future Earth December newsletter

ii. The Sustainability Research & Innovation Congress (SRI2022) Call for Session Proposals is now open. Deadline for session proposals is 5 February 2022. The congress will be taking place from 20-24 June 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa. > Calendar

iii. AIMES, the Earth Commission Working Group 1 Earth and Human Systems Intercomparison Modelling Project (EHSMIP) under the Global Commons Alliance, and the Safe Landing Climates Lighthouse Activity of World Climate Research Program (WCRP) are organizing a discussion series that aims to advance the knowledge about tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt changes in the Earth system. Discussion Series: Tipping elements, irreversibility, and abrupt change in the Earth system | Permafrost on 17 January > Calendar and Ice Sheets on 25 January > Calendar 

iv. The World Biodiversity Forum 2022 will take place at Davos Congress Centre, Switzerland, from 26 June -1 July 2022. Registration is open. > More information

v. Mountain Research Initiative (MRI) > Read the December Newsletter

vi. A GLP Webinar: Prehistoric land use reshaped most of terrestrial nature - does that matter now? will be held on 19 January from 14:00 - 15:30 UTC on exploring the implications of recent work in PNAS and Annual Review of Environment and Resources showing that 12,000 years of increasingly intensive land use has reshaped biodiversity, ecosystems, landscapes, and climate across most of Earth's land. > More information

9. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

i. 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. Register your interest and/or to receive more information here


Read the January Bulletin > here

iii. PAGES-WCRP webinar: WCRP's new science directions is now available > Watch

10. Other news and opportunities

i. 20th Swiss Climate Summer School

The Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR) will be hosting its 20th Swiss Climate Summer School 2022 in Grindelwald, Switzerland, from 28 August - 2 September 2022.

Deadline for applications is 16 January 2022. > Calendar 

ii. S4: Summer School on Speleothem Science

The organizers welcome everyone interested to the 5th Summer School on Speleothem Science S4 Online: the first S4 event hosted online. The event will take place on 24 & 31 January, and 7 February 2022. It is open to anyone new to speleothem science or interested in learning more about the field and will cover topics like speleothem growth, stable isotope proxies, cave monitoring, and age-depth modeling. > Calendar

iii. Online Course in Climate Time Series Analysis

Climate Risk Analysis will conduct its 38th Course in Climate Time Series Analysis online from 7-17 February 2022. The course is specifically tailored to the needs of PhD students and postdocs, who wish to learn about an important combination of disciplines (climate change and time series analysis), but have not had much exposure to in-depth statistical teaching. Deadline for registration is 28 January 2022. > Calendar

iv. 14th International Conference on Paleoceanography (ICP14) 

The ICP14 will take place in Bergen, Norway, with remote participation from 29 August - 2 September 2022. Registration and abstract submission are now open. Deadline for abstracts is 3 April. The ICP14 connects the global research community working on the history of the oceans and the role of the oceans in climate change and is held every three years at different locations. If you would like to organize a pre- or post-conference meeting or workshop in Bergen and need help with logistics, you can contact the organizers via email (sec[dot]icp14[at]uib[dot]no) (please write “ICP14 workshops” in the subject line). > Calendar

v. The Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) 19th annual meeting will be taking place in Singapore from 1-5 August. Session proposals are open until 12 January and the abstract submission deadline is 23 February. > Calendar

vi. Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

IPBES 9 is scheduled to be held from 3-9 July 2022 in Bonn, Germany. At IPBES 9, the Plenary will consider, among other items, the thematic assessment of the sustainable use of wild species, the methodological assessment regarding the diverse conceptualization of multiple values of nature and its benefits, including biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services, and the scoping report for a methodological assessment of the impact and dependence of business on biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people. External review of draft task force workplans and work programme deliverables, planned for 13 December 2021 to 14 January 2022 > More information


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