PAGES e-news vol. 2017, no.11


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2017, no. 11


1. New data guidelines
2. ECR sea-level workshop announced for August 2018
3. Recent products
4. Working Group news

. Working Group meetings and deadlines
6. Supported meetings
7. Guest scientist at IPO
8. PAGES at AGU Fall Meeting 2017
9. PAGES at EGU General Assembly 2018
10. Are your People Database details up to date?
Future Earth updates
12. WCRP updates
13. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates
14. Other relevant information


1. New data guidelines

PAGES has updated its data guidelines. PAGES continues to facilitate the development of community-based, data-intensive synthesis products, and promotes data stewardship within its constituency. Several widely used databases have been developed by PAGES-sponsored activities and many others are under construction. Read more:

2. ECR sea-level workshop announced for August 2018

Save the date! The joint INQUA-PAGES early-career researchers workshop, titled "Impacts of sea-level rise from past to future (iSLR)", will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, from 26-29 August 2018. More details:

3. Recent products

i. LandCover6k: Johann Jungclaus et al. published "The PMIP4 contribution to CMIP6 – Part 3: The last millennium, scientific objective, and experimental design for the PMIP4 past1000 simulations" in Geoscientific Model Development:

ii. OC3: Elisabeth Sikes, Katherine Allen and David Lund published "Enhanced δ13C and δ18O Differences Between the South Atlantic and South Pacific During the Last Glaciation: The Deep Gateway Hypothesis" in Paleoceanography:

iii. QUIGS/PALSEA2: Bette Otto-Bliesner et al. published "The PMIP4 contribution to CMIP6 – Part 2: Two interglacials, scientific objective and experimental design for Holocene and Last Interglacial simulations" in Geoscientific Model Development:

iv. VICS: Matthew Toohey and Michael Sigl published "Volcanic stratospheric sulfur injections and aerosol optical depth from 500 BCE to 1900 CE" in Earth System Science Data. This new volcanic reconstruction is based on improved ice-core records and reconstruction methodologies, and is the recommended forcing for the past1000 and past2k experiments within the Paleoclimate Model Intercomparison Project phase 4 (PMIP4):

4. Working Group news

i. 2k Network: a) The latest project for the next phase has launched. MULTICHRON - Constraining modeled multidecadal climate variability in the Atlantic using proxies derived from marine bivalve shells and coralline algae. Learn more about the MULTICHRON project and sign up to the mailing list:
b) Two established 2k projects now have a website presence. Learn more about Global T CFR - Global gridded temperature reconstruction method comparisons: and GMST reconstructions:

ii. EcoRe3: The second workshop dates have been finalized for 8-9 May 2018. See Point 5 below for details.

iii. Floods: a) 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:
b) A new map of the metadata is available here:

iv. GPWG2: The date for the "African Fire History and Fire Ecology: Building Understanding and Capacity through Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange" workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, is confirmed for 20-22 July 2018. See Point 5 below for details.

v. LandCover6k: The group will conduct the session "Quantitative pollen-based reconstructions of plant cover for environmental and archaeological research" at the 10th European Palaeobotany & Palynology Conference in Dublin, Ireland, from 12-17 August 2018. Abstracts due 31 January. All details:

vi. PALSEA2: The call for papers for the Quaternary Science Reviews PALSEA2 special issue, titled “PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA): ice-sheet & sea-level responses to past climate warming” is now open. Submission deadline is 1 April 2018. This is a virtual special issue (VSI), meaning that each paper will be handled immediately and published online as soon as accepted. Submission website for this journal: To ensure manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion in this special issue, select the name "VSI: PALSEA2" when uploading. Full submission details:

vii. SISAL: The working group is closing data entry on 31 December 2017 for what will be SISAL_v1, a database to be published next year. For types of data/isotopic records from speleothems to be included, go to: Contact your SISAL regional coordinators for information on how to add your data:

5. Working Group meetings and deadlines

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

ii. EcoRe3:
2nd workshop: Resilience, disturbance and functional traits
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
8-9 May 2018
Application deadline: 14 February 2018

iii. GPWG2:
African Fire History and Fire Ecology: Building Understanding and Capacity through Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange
Nairobi, Kenya
20-22 July 2018
Deadlines: TBA

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

6. Supported meetings

i. 2nd AFQUA International Conference
Nairobi, Kenya
14-22 July 2018
Deadline for session and workshop proposals: 15 November 2017

ii. INQUA-PAGES ECR workshop: Impacts of sea-level rise from past to future (iSLR)
Utrecht, The Netherlands
26-29 August 2018
Deadlines: TBA

7. Guest scientist at PAGES IPO

Scott St. George was recently in Bern, Switzerland. Read about how he came to be a dendrochronologist and the influence PAGES has had on his career:

8. PAGES at AGU Fall Meeting 2017

The 2017 Fall Meeting takes place in New Orleans, USA, from 11-15 December 2017. It is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.

PAGES sessions/presentations/meetings:
2k Network - PP009: Climate of the Common Era
Iso2k (a) - PP43D: Climate of the Common Era III: Bronwen Konecky presents "Global Synthesis of Common Era Hydroclimate using Water Isotope Proxies from Multiple Archives: First Results from the PAGES Iso2k Project"; Thursday 14 December 2017 14:10-14:25; New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; 344-345
(b) - PP53B: Water Isotope Systematics: Improving Modern and Paleoclimate Interpretations III Posters Jessica Conroy presents her poster "Salinity information in coral δ18O records"; Friday 15 December 2017 13:40-18:00; New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center; Poster Hall D-F
C-PEAT: Informal meeting, Wednesday 13 December 16:00-17:30, Hampton Inn and Suites, Room Riverside I
DICE - PP037: Spatial and temporal variability of dust emissions and transport: a reference framework from paleodust archives
PALSEA2 - G003: Coastal Sea-level Rise and Isostatic Adjustment

All details:

9. PAGES at EGU General Assembly 2018

The General Assembly 2018 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) takes place in Vienna, Austria, from 8-13 April 2018.
Deadline for support applications - 1 December. Abstract deadline - 10 January 2018.

PAGES sessions:
2k Network - CL1.02: Studying the climate of the last two millennia
Floods Working Group & Extremes IA - CL1.03: Flood and weather extremes of the past
CoralHydro2k - CL1.08: Tropical coral archives – Reconstructions of climate and environment beyond the instrumental record at society-relevant timescales
CVAS - IE2.1: Climate Variability Across Scales and Climate States (co-organized)
DAPS - CL1.18: Proxy system modelling and data assimilation in paleoclimatology
PALSEA2 - IE2.4/NH5.7/CL4.18/GD11.7/OS2.14: Sea-Level Changes from Minutes to Millennia (co-organized)
VICS - IE2.3/AS3.10/CL4.22/GMPV6.4/NH2.2: Characterizing, understanding and predicting the radiative effects and the climatic impacts of major volcanic eruptions (co-organized)

All details:

10. Are your People Database details up to date?

Have you recently moved or changed institutions? Help us keep the People Database up to date by adding your new contact details here:

11. Future Earth updates

i. Watch the press conference from 13 November at COP23 in Bonn on "The 10 Science ‘Must Knows’ on Climate Change":

ii. Watch the press conference from 13 November at COP23 in Bonn on "The Global Carbon Budget 2017 and tracking progress towards the NDCs":

iii. Global carbon emissions projected to rise 2 percent in 2017 after three years of staying flat. More details and a video about the 2017 Global Carbon Budget:

iv. Members of the Montreal Hub have launched a new podcast called "The Worlds We Want" to share research being done by members of the Future Earth community:

v. Have you seen the Future Earth magazine Anthropocene? Become a supporting member by 31 December to double your financial impact:

vi. Future Earth offers early-career researcher financial support for 2018:

vii. Read the October newsletter:

12. WCRP updates

i. Read the CLIVAR November Bulletin:

13. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. Climate History Network: Read the Fall 2017 newsletter with CHN updates, announcements for upcoming events, call for papers, snippets from our latest feature articles, and a list of the latest CHN-related publications:

14. Other relevant information

i. The International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC) will merge in 2018 to create a new organisation called International Science Council:

ii. Following the outcomes of the 13th session of the Conference of the Parties (Decision 19/COP.13), the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) invites experts to apply to become members/observers of the Science-Policy Interface (SPI), which was established in 2013 to promote dialogue between scientists and policy-makers on desertification, land degradation and drought. The public call for candidature closes 4 December 2017 at 23:59 CET. The call for members is open to scientists from all regions and organizations and all relevant disciplines and thematic areas. The call for observers is open to international organizations and United Nations organizations qualified in matters relevant to the UNCCD. For more information, go to:

iii. The Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA are pleased to announce the launch of their joint call on the following theme: Scenarios of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services II. The indicative global budget for this call is for more than 25 million Euro. A two-step process will apply, with a mandatory pre-registration of projects at the first step and submission of full proposals at the second step. Deadline for pre-registration (mandatory): Friday 1 December 2017, 17:00 CET (local time in Brussels). Deadline for submission of full-proposals: Friday 09 March 2018, 17:00 CET (local time in Brussels). More details under "Open calls" section: or on the BiodivERsA site:


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