PAGES e-news vol. 2017, no.9


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2017, no. 9


1. Be involved in the IPCC AR6
2. New Past Global Changes Magazine
3. New working group and meeting support deadline 23 Oct
4. Recent PAGES' products
5. PAGES Working Group news

. PAGES Working Group meetings and deadlines
7. Upcoming PAGES-supported meetings
8. Jobs on PAGES website
9. AGU and EGU updates
. Future Earth updates
11. WCRP updates
12. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates


1. Be involved in the IPCC AR6

PAGES' parent organization Future Earth is collating nominations for Lead Authors, Coordinating Lead Authors and Expert Reviewers for the IPCC's 6th Assessment Report (AR6) and paleoscience needs your voice.

Read the agreed chapter outlines for AR6 for:
Working Group I - The Physical Science Basis:
Working Group II - Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability:
Working Group III - Mitigation of Climate Change:

Paleoscience will not have its own chapter, but will be embedded in all chapters.

If you are willing to take a leading role in AR6 or would like to suggest colleagues that should take part in the writing of AR6, fill out the relevant Working Group nomination form(s) (below) and send, along with a CV (pdf, in English, less than four pages) to PAGES Executive Director Marie-France Loutre by 14 October 2017: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Working Group I nomination form:
Working Group II nomination form:
Working Group III nomination form:

PAGES' nominations will be forwarded to Future Earth, who, in turn, will submit suitable and complete nominations to the IPCC before the submission deadline of 27 October.

Access the IPCC Press Release about the procedure here:
Access the IPCC AR6 brochure here:

2. New Past Global Changes Magazine

The latest issue of Past Global Changes Magazine, titled "Sustaining Earth’s Biodiversity", is now available to read and download:

Guest edited by PAGES Scientific Steering Committee members Lindsey Gillson and Peter Gell, this issue highlights how the study of long-term ecosystem change can provide critical insights into the resilience of ecosystems, the restoration of disturbance regimes and the prediction of future responses to changing climate and disturbance.

It also contains a mini section written by participants of PAGES 3rd Young Scientists Meeting in Spain in May 2017, plus over 20 workshop reports.

3. New working group and meeting support deadline 23 Oct

Proposals for new PAGES working groups are due 23 October, as well as applications for meeting/workshop support. Only current PAGES working groups can apply for meeting support in this round. All details here: and here:

4. Recent PAGES' products

i. Global Monsoon: The much-anticipated second synthesis product from this former working group was published in Earth-Science Reviews. Pinxian Wang et al. address driving mechanisms of global monsoon (GM) variability and outstanding issues in GM science:

ii. 2k Network: Eduardo Moreno-Chamarro et al. published "Winter amplification of the European Little Ice Age cooling by the subpolar gyre" in Nature Scientific Reports 7:

iii. VICS: Brian Zambri et al. published "Northern Hemisphere winter warming and summer monsoon reduction after volcanic eruptions over the last millennium" in Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres 122:

5. Working Group updates

i. 2k Network: The 18th and most recent PAGES 2k circular discusses the launch of Phase 3 and how to participate, looks back on the success of Phase 2 and provides other useful information related to the working group. Find the September edition under Circulars:

ii. DICE: Speakers at the January workshop in Chile have now been confirmed: Tim Conway (University of South Florida), Akinori Ito (JAMSTEC), Andy Ridgwell (UC Riverside), Cecile Guieu (Villefranche) and Frank Lamy (AWI). Abstracts are due 15 October:

iii. EcoRe3: The group's second workshop, planned for Utah, USA, in January 2018, will be postponed until later in the year. A new date will be advised as soon as possible. Learn more about EcoRe3:

iv. Floods: Have you added your flood metadata? The group would like to get a worldwide overview of the existing (published) flood records based on historical or natural archives and plans to publish the list soon.

iv. LandCover6k: Kathy Morrison recently wrote an extensive summary of the land-use group's activites. If you would like to receive a copy, please email her: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and consider joining the working group mailing list:

v. VICS: Abstracts and pre-registration for the group's third meeting, in Tucson, USA, January 2018, are due 15 October. Potential attendees, especially ECRs requesting financial support, are encouraged to pre-register as soon as possible, even if not submitting an abstract.

6. PAGES Working Group meetings and deadlines

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

ii. DICE:
The Role of Dust in Climate Change: A biogeochemistry perspective workshop
Las Cruces, Chile
8-10 January 2018
Abstract and financial support deadlines: 15 October 2017
Registration deadline: 12 November

iii. EcoRe3:
2nd workshop: Functional paleoecology: Trait gradients across ecological disturbance events
Salt Lake City, USA
Postponed from January 2018 until later in the year

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

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

vii. VICS:
3rd workshop: Progress in Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society
Tucson, AZ, USA
12-14 January 2018
Abstract deadline: 15 October 2017

7. Upcoming PAGES-supported meetings

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

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

iii. 3rd Annual LMR Workshop: Climate Dynamics with the Last Millennium Reanalysis
Boulder, USA
2-4 October 2017

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

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

8. Jobs on PAGES website

Find your next position! Many new and exciting opportunities have recently been added to our jobs section:

9. AGU and EGU updates

i: AGU: The 2017 Fall Meeting will take place in New Orleans, USA, from 11-15 December 2017. It is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.
Update! Four late-breaking sessions have been added. The abstract deadline is 31 October:

ii. EGU: The General Assembly 2018 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 8-13 April 2018. The assembly is open to scientists of all nations.
Important dates:
11 October - Call opens for abstracts, support application, and splinter meeting requests
1 December - Deadline for support applications
22 December - Outcome of support selection
10 January 2018 - Abstract deadline

10. Future Earth updates

i. Read the 2016-2017 Annual Report:

ii. The first Natural Assets KAN Definition Workshop was recently held in Bern, Switzerland:

11. WCRP updates

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

ii. Read the CLIVAR September Bulletin:

12. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. Christopher S. Kelly recently contributed "Lighthouses in the Empire": History of Ice and Place in the "Mountains of the Moon", Uganda:


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