PAGES e-news vol. 2018, no.5


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2018, no. 5


1. PAGES SSC Meeting
2. Pre-register for GEOTRACES-PAGES workshop

3. Working Group news
4. Recent products
5. PAGES Early-Career Network updates
6. Working Group meetings and deadlines
7. PAGES-supported meetings
8. Paleo meeting calendar and job announcements
9. Review the IPCC SROCC
10. ArchaeoGlobe project - call for experts
11. Book a side meeting at ICP 2019
12. IPBES expert reviewers for global assessment
13. Future Earth updates
14. WCRP updates
15. Endorsed and affiliated groups update


1. PAGES SSC Meeting

PAGES Scientific Steering Committee will meet from 21-26 May 2018 in Minneapolis, USA, to discuss, among many things, the recent applications for new working groups, workshop financial support and potential SSC members. Decisions will be announced by mid-June. The next call for applications for new working groups and workshop financial support will be in October (date TBA).

2. Pre-register for GEOTRACES-PAGES workshop

GEOTRACES-PAGES will conduct a joint workshop, titled "Trace element and isotope proxies in paleoceanography: A synthesis workshop", from 3-5 December 2018 in Aix-Marseille, France. The deadline for pre-registration and financial support applications is 1 June:

3. Working Group news

i. Many PAGES working groups have submitted session proposals for the 20th INQUA Congress from 25-31 July 2019 in Dublin, Ireland:

ii. 2k Network: Final call for the CLIVASH2k project workshop "Climate Variability in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere in the past 2000 years" which will be held on Monday 18 June 2018, 08:30-13:00, in Davos, Switzerland at POLAR2018: This workshop will bring together members of the paleoclimate community interested in climate variability over centennial to millennial timescales. Open to data gatherers (such as ice cores, lake sediments, marine records, and terrestrial records) and climate modelers working on records from Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic and the wider southern hemisphere. The particular focus of CLIVASH2k is the past 2000 years but the project values contributions from those working on longer Holocene records. The workshop is open to all but you must be registered. To attend, please contact Liz Thomas: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

iii. CRIAS: The group's first workshop will be held in Bern, Switzerland, from 1-2 October 2018. Details in point 6 below.

iv. EcoRe3: Follow the group on Twitter to find out what happened in its second workshop "Resilience, disturbance and functional traits" which finished on 9 May:

v. Floods Working Group: The annual meeting took place in April during the EGU General Assembly in Vienna, Austria. Access the post-meeting material (minutes and slides) here:

vi. GPWG2: Deadlines are just days away to attend two Global Paleofire workshops in 2018. See the listings for the African and UK workshops in point 6 below.

vii. LandCover6k: Group leaders will conduct session 609 "From Local to Global Land Use in the Holocene" at the 24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists from 5-8 September 2018 in Barcelona, Spain:

viii. OC3: The third and final workshop of PAGES' Ocean Circulation and Carbon Cycling working group will be held from 6-9 September 2018 in Cambridge, UK. Abstracts and applications for financial support are due 1 June. All details:

ix. PALSEA2: Extended deadline! 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" has been extended to 1 June. 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:

x. PEOPLE 3000: Led by Erick Robinson, group members will present in session 684 "At the interface: Investigating coupled human and natural system from natural scientific and archaeological perspective. Challenges and opportunities" at the 24th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists from 5-8 September 2018 in Barcelona, Spain:

xi. SISAL: a. The first version of the SISAL database is currently under review/discussion in Earth System Science Data:
b. The group has an updated map of SISAL locations used in their new database:

4. Recent products

i. 2k Network: Darrell Kaufman and the PAGES 2k special-issue editorial team published a technical note about paleo data implementation policy which was chosen as a highlight by Climate of the Past editor Denis-Didier Rousseau:

ii. GPWG2: Read the October 2017 Canadian meeting report on collaboration between different research communities interested in fire impacts and vegetation dynamics, published in Eos:

iii. PALSEA2: A workshop report from the group's fifth and final meeting in Mexico, 2017, was published in Eos:

iv. Meeting product: The review paper "Decadal Climate Variability and Predictability: Challenges and Opportunities", which resulted from a PAGES-supported workshop in Trieste, Italy, in 2015, was published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS):

5. PAGES Early-Career Network updates

i. Apply by 31 May: PAGES ECN is seeking Regional Representatives (RR), starting now until the end of 2019 (with the possibility of extension). RRs represent the PAGES ECN within their assigned region and thus function as an extension of the steering committee. RRs will stay in close touch with the steering committee as the main contact to share information and discuss upcoming events and tasks. Similarly, they will function as a point of contact for ECRs in their region and should therefore be willing to answer questions, share information and facilitate international communication. To request an application form, or to find out more, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ii. The ECN will hold a splinter meeting at the IPA-IAL 2018 Joint Meeting: Unravelling the Past and Future of Lakes from 18-21 June in Stockholm, Sweden. Details TBA:

iii. Contribute to "The Early Pages" blog in one of three categories: Science Stories, Experiences and Opinion. Go to: or contact the ECN leaders: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

iv. To receive a more comprehensive list of ECN news and announcements, sign up to their mailing list:

6. Working Group meetings and deadlines

1st workshop: Methods and Interdisciplinary Communication in Historical Climatology
Bern, Switzerland
1-2 October 2018

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

iii. 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

iv. LandCover6k:
European Land-use at 6000BP
Barcelona, Spain
22-23 May 2018

v. OC3:
3rd and final workshop: Ocean circulation and carbon cycling during the last deglaciation: global synthesis
Cambridge, UK
6-9 September 2018
Abstract and financial support deadline: 1 June

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

vii. 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

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

7. 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

iii. GEOTRACES-PAGES joint workshop
Trace element and isotope proxies in paleoceanography: A synthesis workshop
Aix-Marseille, France
3-5 December 2018
Pre-registration deadline: 1 June

8. Paleo meeting calendar and job announcements

Do you know PAGES puts together a comprehensive list of international paleoscience conferences, meetings and workshops in one handy calendar?
If you would like to add your meeting to the calendar, please email details to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We also have a dedicated section for Student, PhD, Faculty/Permanent and Other job opportunities:
If you would like to advertise a vacancy, go to:

9. Review the IPCC SROCC

Those interested in reviewing the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) must register by 22 June 2018 23:59 (CST). The First Order Draft of the report will be open for expert review from 4 May to 29 June 2018. All details:

10. ArchaeoGlobe project - call for experts

In May and June 2018, the ArchaeoGlobe Project - a massively collaborative archaeological project to map global human land use over the past 10,000 years - would like to survey as many archaeologists as possible and collect their expert opinions on past land use at a regional scale. Members of PAGES LandCover6k are heavily involved. Archaeologists who complete the questionnaire for at least 10 regions will be listed as co-authors on the resulting paper. Filling out the questionnaire for a single subregion takes 7-10 minutes, so they ask co-authors to devote 1-2 hours of their time. All details:

11. Book a side meeting at ICP 2019

The 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography (ICP) will take place in Sydney, Australia, from 1-6 September 2019. Several PAGES working groups will be conducting side-meetings before or after the event and organizers encourage those thinking about holding a side meeting to book now to secure a venue. Find out more:

12. IPBES expert reviewers for global assessment

The external review for the second order drafts of the chapters and the first draft of the Summary for Policymakers of the IPBES global assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services runs from 30 April until 29 June 2018. This assessment will be the first global snapshot of the state of the world's biodiversity in more than a decade, since the release of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. The global assessment will provide decision makers with the state of knowledge regarding the planet's biodiversity, ecosystems and their contributions to people, as well as the options to protect and use these natural assets more sustainably. Furthermore, the global assessment will provide vital data to assess progress against the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.

This second review is addressed to governments and interested and qualified experts, including scientists, decision makers, practitioners and knowledge holders, and it is essential to ensure consistency and continuity after the first external comments have been addressed. Therefore, the widest-possible participation and most diverse engagement of experts in this second external review is vital to ensure the scientific quality and policy relevance of the global assessment.

If you would like to be an expert reviewer for the global assessment:
- Register as a user of the IPBES website: if you have not already done so.
- Apply to become an IPBES external reviewer for individual chapters of the global assessmentat: (this will only work when logged in first as IPBES website user).
- Once registered, you will immediately receive an email providing confidential access to the draft chapters and will be requested to submit your comments in English using a template that is available on the same webpage.

If you have any further queries about this external review, email Hien Ngo: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

13. Future Earth updates

i. International partnership launches new portal for climate data: The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP), an initiative co-led by Future Earth, has debuted an online tool that allows users to explore and map a wide range of data on climate change and society. Start exploring this platform now:

ii. Seedbeds of Transformation: The Role of Science with Society and the SDGs in Africa runs from 9-11 May in Port Elizabeth, South Africa:

iii. Future Earth will have a session at the Japan Geoscience Union Meeting 2018 on 20 May 2018:

iv. Follow Future Earth on Twitter:

14. WCRP updates

i. Call for nominations for six WCRP expert panels: WCRP is calling for (self-)nominations for membership in six of its expert panels, namely both Advisory Councils (WDAC and WMAC), three Working Groups (WGCM, WGSIP, WGNE) and the CORDEX Science Advisory Team. New members are sought in each panel for a four-year term from January 2019 to December 2022. Nominations should be submitted via an online nomination form by 30 May 2018:

ii. Read the April 2018 edition of the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC) Project Newsletter - Ice and Climate No.29:

iii. Registration is now open for CLIVAR-WCRP IV International Conference on El Niño Southern Oscillation 16-18 October 2018 in Guayaquil. Ecuador. Deadline for abstract submission extended to 31 May 2018:

iv. Read the CLIVAR May Bulletin:

v. Follow WCRP on Twitter:

15. Endorsed and affiliated groups update

Varves Working Group: a. Members will conduct Session 20 "Varves as high-resolution archives of past climate and environmental change" at the IPA-IAL 2018 Joint Meeting from 18-21 June in Stockholm, Sweden:
b. Members will conduct two sessions at the 20th International Sedimentological Congress from 13-17 August in Quebec City, Canada:


The International Union for Quaternary Research (INQUA) palaeoclimate commission is striving to increase its engagement with the paleoclimate community.
- The remit of the INQUA Palaeoclimate Commission (PALCOM) is to optimise the use of palaeo-data for detailed climatic reconstructions.
- The overall objective is to enhance understanding of Quaternary climatic perturbations, transitions and abrupt events.
- PALCOM encourages interactive projects with the other INQUA Commissions to comprehend the links between climatic changes and environmental and human responses.
- PALCOM is also attempting to foster strategic links with the international climate modelling community, to assist the process of palaeo-data/model comparisons.

How can you get involved?
- Membership: Join online for email circulars:
- Focus Groups: Find out more about PALCOM’s International Focus groups and projects:
- News: Stay informed of the latest paleoclimate community meetings and conferences:
- Advertise: Share meeting/conference/news with the community:
- Meet us: The next PALCOM meeting will be at the next international congress in Dublin, July 2019:


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