PAGES e-news vol. 2018, no.3


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2018, no. 3


1. Accessing our website
. Apply to be on our Scientific Steering Committee
3. Call for new PAGES Working Groups

4. Apply for workshop/meeting support
. PAGES Early-Career Network updates
6. IPA Lifetime Achievement Award for former PAGES co-chair
8. Working Group news
9. Recent products
. Working Group meetings and deadlines
11. PAGES-supported meetings
12. INQUA Congress 2019 - Call for sessions
13. Future Earth updates
14. WCRP updates
15. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates
16. Other relevant information


1. Accessing our website

PAGES' updated website domain has been active for several years now. We would like to gauge accessibility of the site in your country. Have you experienced any recent problems? Have you noticed any improvements in speed? We would really appreciate hearing from you. Please send any feedback by Thursday 29 March, using the subject line "PAGES website feedback March 2018" to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

2. Apply to be on our Scientific Steering Committee

PAGES is calling for applications from scientists to serve on its Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) from January 2019. The deadline for consideration is Thursday 19 April at 17:00 UTC. All details on what's involved in being an SSC member and how to apply:

3.  Call for new PAGES Working Groups

Does your heart pound for paleoscience? Know others who feel the same? Propose a new PAGES' working group to address a scientific question in an internationally coordinated way. The application deadline is Thursday 19 April at 17:00 UTC. You must contact a member of the PAGES Scientific Steering Committee to discuss your plans at least two weeks before you submit the proposal.​ Applications received without SSC member notification will not be looked upon favorably:

4. Apply for workshop/meeting support

The next deadline for PAGES' workshop/meeting support applications is Thursday 19 April at 17:00 UTC. Applicants must contact an SSC member at least two weeks before the deadline to explain the meeting plan and how it is relevant to PAGES. The meeting or workshop should be scheduled to take place at least six months after the application deadline (i.e. preferably from October 2018 onwards). This round of potential support is for PAGES working groups, open meetings and educational meetings:

5. PAGES Early-Career Network updates

i. The ECN seeks regional ECN representatives who are interested in facilitating the global integration of early-career researchers (ECRs) into the wider scientific community. As a regional representative, you have the opportunity to share research, workshops and collaborations from your region with the wider ECR community. Roles of an ECN representative include being the point of contact for your region, collecting and sharing information about conferences, workshops and ECR job opportunities, and the willingness to represent the Network during scientific events. If you are interested, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please put 'Regional ECN Representative' in the subject line.

ii. Authors are wanted for the new PAGES ECN blog, "The Early Pages", which officially launches 20 March. The purpose of the blog is related to one of the main goals of the ECN: To increase the visibility of ECRs and their work within the scientific and wider community. All interested ECRs are encouraged to write a short post in one of three categories:
1. Science Stories: Write a post about your work, for example a summary of your latest paper, a synopsis of your thesis or your ongoing project.
2. Experiences: Write a post on your field work, a research cruise, a conference or workshop or outreach activities.
3. Opinion: Share your opinion on something that is in the news or talked about on social media and has to do with your expertise. Or, write about an issue related to (work) life as an ECR in science.
For more information please contact the ECN leaders: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

iii. If you missed either of the "Welcome to the ECN" webinars on 12 and 13 March, a recording will be available soon on the ECN YouTube Channel:

iv. The first in-person meeting will be at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) in Vienna, Austria, on 9 April:

v. Have you joined the ECN? Developed by early-career researchers for early-career researchers, the network's goals include helping young scientists be "future-ready". Joining the ECN is easy. Update your details on the PAGES People Database. Click on the ECN box underneath "Last Name" on the sign-up page for news from the network and external job/training opportunities:
Encourage colleagues who are not subscribers to sign up:

6. IPA Lifetime Achievement Award for former PAGES co-chair

Sheri Fritz, the PAGES co-chair from 2015-2017, will be presented the International Paleolimnology Association Lifetime Achievement Award at the IPA-IAL joint meeting in Sweden in June. PAGES congratulates her on this momentous moment:

7. 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.

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/NP3.4/AS1.8/CL2.08/CR1.9/OS1.20/ST4.7: Climate Variability Across Scales and Climate States
CVAS - SC1.25/NP8.4: Scales and scaling in the climate system
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
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

Splinter meetings:
1. Thresholds, tipping points and multiple equilibria in records of past climate and the environment. What are they and is there still something to be learned? (SMP5)
2. Introduction of the PAGES Early-Career Network (SMP30)
3. Kickoff meeting of the PALEOLINK working group (SMP39)
4. Reinforcement of links between paleo and modern communities with respect to hydrological and climatic extremes (SMI5)

All details and direct links to sessions:

8. Working Group news

i. Floods: a. Attend the co-organized Flood and weather extremes of the past session at the EGU in Vienna, Austria, plus the annual meeting on 11 April:
b. Metadatabase contributors are encouraged to provide links to the data repository where their data are hosted, when existing:

ii. GPWG2: The group has started the new PYROmaniacs blog and is calling for contributions. All details:

iii. OC3: Congratulations to lead author Andreas Schmittner and the OC3 working group. Their paper "Calibration of the carbon isotope composition (δ13C) of benthic foraminifera" in Paleoceanography (an AGU publication) was one of the journal's top downloaded articles in recent publication history:

iv. 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" closes 1 April. This is a virtual special issue, meaning 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:

v. PEOPLE 3000: a. Dates for the workshop "Increasing population, social complexity, climate change and why societies might fail to cope with these interrelated forces" in San Rafael, Argentina, have changed to 20-25 May. Interested participants can still apply, with funding available for early-career researchers. See point 10 below for the link to all details.
b. The group will be at the 2018 Society for American Archaeology Meeting in Washington DC, USA. If you are in the area or at the meeting, attend the poster session from 17:00-19:00 on Thursday 12 April:

9. Recent products

i. 2k Network: Alvaro Guevara-Murua et al. contributed "300 years of hydrological records and societal responses to droughts and floods on the Pacific coast of Central America" to the 2k Network Special Issue of Climate of the Past

ii. GPWG2: A new blog section, PYROmaniacs, has been added to the Global Paleofire website. Read the first contribution from Monica Fisher, on Charcoal Morphology:

iii. LandCover6k: Ralph Fyfe et al. had "Quantified moorland vegetation and assessment of the role of burning over the past five millennia" published recently in Journal of Vegetation Science:

iv. PALSEA2: Paolo Stocchi et al. published "MIS 5e relative sea-level changes in the Mediterranean Sea: Contribution of isostatic disequilibrium" in Quaternary Science Reviews:

v. YSM Special Issue: Alessia Masi et al. have published the first paper in the Climate of the Past Special Issue "Global Challenges for our Common Future: a paleoscience perspective" which stems from the PAGES Young Scientists Meeting 2017 in Spain. Read "Vegetation history and paleoclimate at Lake Dojran (FYROM/Greece) during the Late Glacial and Holocene":

10. Working Group meetings and deadlines

i. C-PEAT:
Short-Term Peatland Patterns, Processes, and Sensitivity to Rapid Climate Change
College Station, TX, USA
10-13 May 2018

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

iii. Floods:
Annual Meeting (during the EGU)
Vienna, Austria
11 April 2018, 13:30-15:30

iv. GPWG2:
a. African Fire History and Fire Ecology: Building Understanding and Capacity through Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange
Nairobi, Kenya
20-22 July 2018
Application deadline: 15 May

b. Diverse knowledge systems for fire policy and biodiversity conservation
Egham, UK
4-7 September 2018
Application and financial support request deadline: 11 May

v. LandCover6k:
European Land-use at 6000BP
Barcelona, Spain
22-23 May 2018
Application and financial support request deadline: 30 March

vi. OC3:
3rd workshop: Ocean circulation and carbon cycling during the last deglaciation: global synthesis
Cambridge, UK
6-9 September 2018
Deadlines: TBA

Joint cross-cutting initiative meeting: Climate, ice sheets and sea level during past interglacial periods
Galloway, NJ, USA
24-27 September 2018
Deadlines: 15 April

viii. PEOPLE 3000:
Increasing population, social complexity, climate change and why societies might fail to cope with these interrelated forces
San Rafael, Argentina
20-25 May 2018

ix. SISAL:
3rd workshop: Analyses of the SISAL database: regional patterns in isotope signatures
Agadir, Morocco
8-12 October 2018
Deadlines: 16 March

11. PAGES-supported meetings

i. 2nd AFQUA International Conference
Nairobi, Kenya
14-22 July 2018

ii. INQUA-PAGES ECR joint workshop
Impacts of sea-level rise from past to future (iSLR)
Utrecht, The Netherlands
26-29 August 2018
Deadlines: 16 March

iii. GEOTRACES-PAGES joint workshop
Trace element and isotope proxies in paleoceanography: A synthesis workshop
Aix-Marseille, France
3-5 December 2018
Deadlines: TBA

12. INQUA Congress 2019 - Call for sessions

The 20th INQUA Congress will be held from 25-31 July 2019 in Dublin, Ireland (, Facebook INQUADUB2019, Twitter @INQUADUB19). Deadline for proposals for scientific sessions is 31 March 2018. At this stage, INQUA is keen to encourage as many proposals as possible, even if there is risk of overlap with sessions already proposed: how to handle that will be reviewed after the deadline.

Proposals from PAGES working groups are especially encouraged, and also regional proposals, particularly from Africa, Asia and South America. The current list of proposals is at Please contact INQUA's Scientific Committee Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any queries, and session proposals.

13. Future Earth updates

i. Future Earth has started publishing a monthly list of key global sustainability research. Access their selection for February:

ii. Director Amy Luers advised that Johan Rockström, who currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Future Earth Advisory Committee, has been appointed director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) in Germany. He will step down from his current position as director of Stockholm Resilience Centre, although he will continue his academic position at SRC. This change won't have any implications for Future Earth and Rockström will continue in his role as Co-Chair of the Advisory Committee with Leena Srivastava.

iii. Future Earth is now on Instagram. Follow for more content:

14. WCRP updates

i. WCRP is calling for nominations for its Joint Scientific Committee (JSC) for the four-year term 2019-2022. The JSC provides scientific guidance on all aspects of WCRP and accordingly aims for a balanced representation of relevant disciplines in atmospheric, oceanic, hydrological and polar sciences. In addition, the JSC aims to be an inclusive source of leadership for international climate research and thus seeks nominations of mid- to senior-career researchers from around the globe. Deadline is 6 April 2018. To submit a nomination and read more, go to:

ii. Read the CLIVAR March Bulletin:

15. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. IHOPE: Director Carole Crumley talks about studying the past to predict the future in a Future Earth Q&A focused on historical ecology and the measurements of time:
Crumley is also an editor of a new book called "Issues and Concepts in Historical Ecology: The Past and Future of Landscapes and Regions":

ii. Climate History Network: A new blog post by Dagomar Degroot explains how the Dutch prospered amid the chilliest stretch of the Little Ice Age. Their resilience to climate change, he argues, may give us lessons for our warmer future:

iii. Varves Working Group: Varves members will conduct two sessions at the 20th International Sedimentological Congress in Quebec City, Canada, from 13-17 August 2018. Abstract deadline is 22 March:

16. Other relevant information

i. LacCore/CSDCO opportunities: Supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), LacCore provides a wide range of training and support for early-career researchers from the US and abroad. The deadline for two important program opportunities is 16 March:

a. Drilling and Coring Summer Institute: The Drilling and Coring Summer Institute (DCSI) is a nine-day comprehensive training course for grad students, postdocs, and early-career researchers. This highly-rated, low-cost course will be offered twice in summer 2018. Learn more about DCSI:

b. Visiting Grad Student Program: The Visiting Grad Student Program (VGSP) is a $US1,000 competitive travel grant for graduate students to visit LacCore/CSDCO with their cores and receive support and training from facilities staff. Learn more about VGSP:

Contact Amy Myrbo: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions about either program.



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