PAGES e-news vol. 2017, no.8


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2017, no. 8


1. New PAGES PEOPLE 3000 working group
2. Recent PAGES' products
3. PAGES Working Group news

. PAGES Working Group meetings and deadlines
5. Upcoming PAGES-supported meetings
6. IPCC Special Reports and Assessment Report
. Future Earth updates
8. WCRP updates
9. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates
10. Other


1. New PAGES PEOPLE 3000 working group

By integrating archaeological data, paleoecological data and dynamic modeling, PEOPLE 3000 aims to explain long-term patterns of growth in the consumption of energy in social-ecological systems and the tipping points of these systems within the contexts of changing climates and environments over the last 3000 years. This working group strengthens the human component of the PAGES Science Structure. Join the mailing list and read more:

2. Recent PAGES' products

i. VICS: "Simulating crop yield losses in Switzerland for historical and present Tambora climate scenarios" published in Environmental Research Letters:

ii. NAm2k: "Multicentury Evaluation of Recovery from Strong Precipitation Deficits in California" in Journal of Climate:

iii. LandCover6k: "Per-capita estimations of long-term historical land use and the consequences for global change research" in Journal of Land Use Science:

iv. LandCover6k: "New anthropogenic land use estimates for the Holocene" in Earth System Science Data Discussions:

iii. LandCover6k and Euro-Med2k: "Increasing temperature cuts back crop yields in Hungary over the last 90 years" in Global Change Biology:

3. PAGES Working Group news

The Iso2k project of the PAGES 2k Network now has a website presence. This is a community-based effort, investigating decadal to centennial-scale variability, as well as possible secular trends, in hydroclimate over the past 2,000 years. Learn more:

4. PAGES Working Group meetings and deadlines

i. CVAS:
2nd workshop: Understanding and modeling space-time Holocene climate variability
Potsdam, Germany
25-27 October 2017
Deadline: 3 September

ii. DICE:
The Role of Dust in Climate Change: A biogeochemistry perspective workshop
Las Cruces, Chile
8-10 January 2018
Deadlines: TBA

iii. EcoRe3:
2nd workshop: Functional paleoecology: Trait gradients across ecological disturbance events
Salt Lake City, USA
9-10 January 2018
Deadlines: TBA

iv. GPWG2:
a. Paleofire knowledge for current and future ecosystem management
Montreal, Canada
10-15 October 2017

b. African Fire History and Fire Ecology: Building Understanding and Capacity through Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange
April 2018 (dates TBC)
Nairobi, Kenya
Deadlines: TBA

5th workshop: Phasing of ice sheet and sea-level responses to past climate change
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
6-9 November 2017
Abstracts due: 21 August

vi. QUIGS:
Interglacials of the 41kyr-world and of the Middle Pleistocene Transition
Molyvos, Greece
28-30 August 2017

vii. SISAL:
2nd workshop: Speleothem isotope records for climate model evaluation
Stockholm, Sweden
20-22 September 2017

viii. VICS:
3rd workshop: Progress in Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society
Tucson, AZ, USA
12-14 January 2018
Deadlines: TBA

5. Upcoming PAGES-supported meetings

i. IODP-PAGES Workshop on Global Monsoon in Long-term Records
Shanghai, China
7-9 September 2017

ii. PaleoEvent Data Standards for Dendrochronology Workshop
Woodland Park, USA
10-14 September 2017

iii. 1st PMIP Phase 4 meeting
Stockholm, Sweden
25-29 September 2017

iv. The Rise and Fall: Environmental Factors in the Socio-Cultural Changes of the Ancient Silk Road Area
Kiel, Germany
28-29 September 2017

v. 3rd Annual LMR Workshop: Climate Dynamics with the Last Millennium Reanalysis
Boulder, USA
2-4 October 2017
Deadlines: Register now!

vi. Fire Predications Across Scales
New York, USA
23-25 October 2017

vii. Climate change in Africa: Evidence, Mechanisms and Impacts, Past and Present
Marrakesh, Morocco
6-11 November 2017

viii. Save the date!
13th International Conference on Paleoceanography
Sydney, Australia
1-6 September 2019

6. IPCC Special Reports and Assessment Report

PAGES would like to remind the paleoscience community that the process of writing the IPCC Special Reports and Sixth Assessment Report has started.

1. Special Report on Global warming of 1.5°C (SR15):

An online registration process has been developed and is open for prospective expert reviewers via the IPCC web site. Registration closes 17 September 2017 midnight (GMT +1):

2. Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC): PAGES 2k Network leader Nerilie Abram has been selected as a Coordinating Lead Author for this report. The first lead author meeting will be in October and the report will be delivered in late 2019:

3. Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems (SRCCL):

4. Sixth Assessment Report (AR6): The table of contents and list of authors will soon be decided. Paleoscience will most likely be embedded in each chapter (there will be no separate paleoscience chapter this time):

7. Future Earth updates

i. E3S update: Since the Berlin workshop, a consensus document between Future Earth, IRDR, and WCRP is being developed, which could be a starting point for a scoping process for a Knowledge-Action Network (KAN) tentatively called "Emergent Risks and Extreme Events (E3R) - Reducing Disaster Risks under Environmental Change". For further information, contact Marcus Reichstein: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ii. Early-career perspectives on Future Earth: An exciting series of online conferences from 14-18 August. This week the focus is on ecology and civilization. Program and registration details:

8. WCRP updates

i. Make a difference to climate and ocean research. Nominations now open for the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group and CLIVAR Panels. Deadline 20 September:

ii. Read the CLIVAR August Bulletin:

iii. SPARC is now accepting nominations (or self-nominations) for Scientific Steering Group membership to serve from January 2019 - December 2021. Deadline 30 September:

9. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. Climate History Network: Read the Spring/Summer 2017 Newsletter:

ii. Dagomar Degroot recently wrote a story exploring what the violent history of whaling in the 17th century can tell us about the future of war in the Arctic:

10. Other

i. Funding Opportunity for Ocean Scientists from UN Environment: A joint initiative of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) and UN Environment, to catalyze implementation of the ICRI Plan of Action 2016-2018 and the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) resolution 2/12 on sustainable coral reefs management. Grants up to USD$60,000 will be awarded to projects which aim to contribute to the implementation of the ICRI plan of action and at protecting and preserving coral reefs and/or related ecosystems, with a particular emphasis on building climate resilience and facilitating coral recovery:

ii. Free new tool about ocean funding which aims to democratize and improve ocean conservation philanthropy and the who/what/when/where of ocean grants:

iii. Belmont Forum/BiodivERsA Call on biodiversity scenarios: The Belmont Forum recently pre-announced the launch of the second call on scenarios on biodiversity and ecosystem services. The call is planned to be launched in October 2017, with a closing date in December 2017 (with the submission of a pre-registration in November 2017). The indicative global budget for this call is of more than 25 million Euro. More details:

iv. Upcoming funding opportunity: ANR launches a call for collaborative research between India and European countries on sustainability, equity, well-being and cultural connections, in both contemporary and historical contexts. Total funding will be 5.5 million Euro. The call is expected to open in early September 2017 and the deadline is expected to be in November 2017. It will involve six European countries and India.



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