PAGES e-news vol. 2018, no.8


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2018, no. 8


1. Last chance to have your say on printed PAGES Magazine
2. Are your PAGES People Database details up to date?
. Deadline 4 October for new PAGES working groups

4. Working Group news
5. Recent products
6. PAGES Early-Career Network updates
7. Guest scientist advances data needs

8. Working Group meetings and deadlines
9. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings
10. PAGES sessions at INQUA 2019
11. EGU 2019 - Call for session proposals
12. IPCC updates

13. Future Earth updates
14. WCRP updates
15. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates


1. Last chance to have your say on printed PAGES Magazine

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2. Are your PAGES People Database details up to date?

Recently moved? Changed institutions? New email address? If so, please update your PAGES People Database profile so we can keep in contact and cut back on bouncebacks and returned post!

3. Deadline 4 October 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 4 October 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 notification will not be looked upon favorably:

4. Working Group news

i. 2k Network:
a. All accepted papers in the 2k special issue "Climate of the past 2000 years: regional and trans-regional syntheses" of Climate of the Past are now available:
b. Former Aus2k leader Joëlle Gergis recently published a book on the history and future of climate change in Australia. "Sunburnt Country pieces together Australia's climate history for the first time (and) uncovers a continent vulnerable to climate extremes and variability." All details (including a television interview with Gergis):
c. CLIVASH2k project leader Liz Thomas and Claire Allen will serve as guest editors for a special issue of Geosciences on "Climate Variability in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere over the Last Millennia". Submissions based on topics such as paleoclimate reconstructions from ice cores, marine sediments or terrestrial records, Southern Hemisphere modes of climate variability, past surface mass balance and glacial dynamics, and more are welcome. Manuscript deadline 15 February 2019. All details:
d. Register for the CLIVASH2k workshop: Climate variability in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere over the past 2000 years (Cambridge, UK, 4-5 September 2018) by 17 August. See point 8 for more details.
e. The PALEOLINK project will hold it's first meeting in February 2019. Dates still to be confirmed. See point 8 for more details.

ii. DAPS: Save the date! The 2nd (and final) DAPS workshop will be held from 29-31 May 2019 in College Park, MD, USA. See point 8 for more details.

iii. GPWG2: In a new special issue of Quaternary International, GPWG2 presents nine original manuscripts focusing on paleofire studies that contribute to our understanding of natural and anthropogenic causes of fire through time. See point 5 for more details.

iv. PALSEA: a. Co-leaders Natasha Barlow and Alessio Rovere have been awarded ERC research grants to study various aspects of Last Interglacial sea levels.
b. The first four articles of the "PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA): ice-sheet and sea-level responses to past climate warming" special issue of Quaternary Science Reviews have been published. See point 5 for more details.

5. Recent products

i. Floods Working Group: A new paper from Juan Antonio Ballesteros Canovas et al., titled "On the extraordinary winter flood episode over the North Atlantic Basin in 1936", was published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences:

ii. GPWG2: The special issue of Quaternary International, titled "The Fire-Human-Climate-Vegetation Nexus", is now available:

iii. PALSEA: a. Benjamin Horton et al. published "Predicting marsh vulnerability to sea-level rise using Holocene relative sea-level data" in Nature Communications:
b. "Holocene sea-level history of the northern coast of South China Sea", "Glacial isostatic adjustment along the Pacific coast of central North America", "Refining the Laurentide Ice Sheet at Marine Isotope Stage 3: A data-based approach combining glacial isostatic simulations with a dynamic ice model" and "Rapid Laurentide ice-sheet advance towards southern last glacial maximum limit during marine isotope stage 3" are the first four papers published in the PALSEA special issue of Quaternary Science Reviews:
c. Natasha Barlow et al. published "Lack of evidence for a substantial sea-level fluctuation within the Last Interglacial" in Nature Geoscience:

iv. Warmer Worlds Integrative Activity: The recent Nature Geoscience paper from members of PAGES Warmer Worlds Integrative Activity continues to attract media attention. Access a reading list of prominent international stories:

v. PAGES Young Scientists Meeting 2017: Two new papers were recently accepted to the Climate of the Past special issue "Global Challenges for our Common Future: a paleoscience perspective".
a. Michael Döring and Markus Leuenberger published "Novel automated inversion algorithm for temperature reconstruction using gas isotopes from ice cores":
b. Mari Jensen et al. published "A spatiotemporal reconstruction of sea-surface temperatures in the North Atlantic during Dansgaard–Oeschger events 5–8":

vi. The Early Pages Blog: a. Forget the Holy Grail - PAGES Early-Career Network blog, The Early Pages, features the Quest for the Perfect Boulder! Karol Tylmann describes how erratic boulders (i.e. boulders that have been transported by glaciers) can be used to reconstruct paleo ice sheets. Karol also explains what makes a good erratic and how to look for it:
b. The deep sea has long fascinated humans and made us wonder what it would be like to live under the sea. PhD student Danielle Schimmenti shares her experience aboard a (yellow) submarine and a glimpse into underwater life that only a few of us get:

6. PAGES Early-Career Network updates

i. The next ECN webinar, "How to peer review a scientific paper effectively", will be hosted by Graciela Gil Romera on 5 October. The webinar will be held twice - at 08:00 and 16:00 GMT - to encourage international participation. All details:

ii. The Early Pages Blog is looking for your contribution! They've started a discussion on a topic relevant to everyone in academia and particularly interesting for early-career researchers: The balance between work and personal life. If you would like to share your experience, views or advice on how to combine work and challenges of starting a family as an ECR, being a caregiver, keeping hobbies and healthy relationships, or any other relevant issues, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Contributions from both ECRs and senior researchers are welcome:

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

7. Guest scientist advances data needs

PAGES' Scientific Steering Committee member Darrell Kaufman has a date with all things data during his six-month sabbatical in Bern, Switzerland. Read about his plans:

8. Working Group meetings and deadlines

i. 2k Network CLIVASH2k project:
Climate variability in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere over the past 2000 years
Cambridge, UK
4-5 September 2018
Registration deadline: 17 August

ii. 2k Network PALEOLINK project:
1st workshop: A joint effort to bring together GCM, RCM and proxy communities
Murcia, Spain
February 2019 (exact dates TBA)
Deadlines: TBA

iii. CRIAS:
1st workshop: Methods and Interdisciplinary Communication in Historical Climatology
Bern, Switzerland
1-2 October 2018
Deadline for registration without proposed paper: 20 September

iv. C-SIDE:
1st workshop: Developing Data and Modeling Capacity to Understand Past Changes in Sea Ice in the Southern Ocean
Vancouver, Canada
24-26 October 2018
Deadlines: TBA

v. CVAS:
3rd workshop: Spatio-temporal scaling of forced and unforced variability across the Holocene: from proxies to process
Seattle, USA
24-26 October 2018
Deadlines: TBA

vi. DAPS:
Applying and comparing proxy system models and data assimilation methods
College Park, USA
29-31 May 2019
Deadlines: TBA

vii. Extremes Integrative Activity:
1st workshop: Climatic and hydrological extremes: linking the instrumental period of the last decades with the more distant past
Koblenz, Germany
18-20 February 2019
Deadlines: TBA

viii. GloSS:
3rd database workshop
Koblenz, Germany
18-20 October 2018
Deadlines: TBA

ix. GPWG2:
Diverse knowledge systems for fire policy and biodiversity conservation
Egham, UK
4-7 September 2018

x. LandCover6k:
a. Paleoclimate experiments to evaluate the impact of LULC on climate and the carbon cycle
Sitges, Spain
24-28 September 2018

b. Pollen based estimates of past land cover in South and Southeast Asia
Pondicherry, India
11-15 September 2019
Deadlines: TBA

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

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

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

xiv. VICS:
4th workshop: Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society: The Common Era and beyond
Cambridge, UK
13-16 April 2019
Deadlines: TBA

9. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings

i. INQUA-PAGES ECR joint workshop
Impacts of sea-level rise from past to future (iSLR)
Utrecht, The Netherlands
26-29 August 2018
Full program now available

ii. Conference on Past Plant Diversity Changes
Rabat, Morocco
1-5 October 2018

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

iv. PaleoENSO workshop
Belitung Island, Indonesia
25-30 August 2019
Deadlines: TBA

v. 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography
Sydney, Australia
1-6 September 2019
Deadlines: TBA

vi. CLImatic MOdes of VARiability (CLIMOVAR) over the Holocene: model-data synergies to improve future projections
Three days in late September/early October 2019 (actual dates TBA)
Barcelona, Spain
Deadlines: TBA

10. PAGES sessions at INQUA 2019

Have you seen the extensive list of PAGES sessions at the 20th INQUA Congress in Dublin, Ireland, from 25-31 July 2019? Working groups and SSC members are well represented. Submit an abstract by 9 January 2019:

11. EGU 2019 - Call for session proposals

Take an active part in organizing the scientific program and propose a session by 6 September for the next European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly from 7-12 April 2019 in Vienna, Austria:

12. IPCC updates

The second order draft (SOD) of the IPCC Methodology Report, "2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories", is open for expert review until 9 September.

The First Order Draft of the 2019 Refinement was available for expert review from 4 December 2017 to 11 February 2018. The report has now been revised by the authors in response to comments received and the SOD will undergo simultaneous review by governments and experts.

The government and expert review of the SOD is a key element of the IPCC assessment process to help ensure that the report provides a balanced and comprehensive assessment of the latest scientific findings. The IPCC seeks a range of views, expertise, and geographical representation to ensure an objective, open and transparent expert review process. Being an expert reviewer allows you to comment on the accuracy and completeness of the scientific/technical/socioeconomic content and balance according to your own knowledge and experience.

To become an expert reviewer, register online here ( and follow the instructions. You will have access to the SOD after registration.

13. Future Earth updates

i. COP24 in Poland: If you are interested in joining the Future Earth delegation in Katowice for all or part of 3-14 December 2018, please fill in the Future Earth COP24 nomination form by 10 September:
Please note that returning the nomination form does not guarantee you will be accepted. Future Earth's delegation size will depend on the allotted quota, which will be known in October, after nominations have closed.

ii. 2018 Call for Applications: a. Future Earth is seeking international organizations to become part of its Governing Council (GC). It is looking to include organizations that share its vision and focus on either research, policy, or practice:
b. In addition to international organizations, Future Earth seeks up to five strategic leaders, working on transformations to global sustainability, to serve on the GC in their individual capacity. Please send a short rationale for your recommended nominations to Alyson Surveyer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by 10 September. These strategic leaders must:
1. Have high-level international experience with business, policy and science
2. Be available to attend in-person GC meetings (travel costs would be covered by Future Earth) and participate in calls and offline discussions.
The Advisory Committee will review the full list of nominations and make a recommendation to the sitting GC who will make the final decision. The new GC membership will be announced by December 2018. More information on GC member roles and tasks here:

iii. Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network published its first peer-reviewed article:

iv. Download the Future Earth Coast Strategy for Research 2018-2028: The Who, What, Why and How of addressing global challenges to transition to sustainability for the world’s coasts:

v. The Future Earth Global Research Project Global Land Programme will hold its 4th Open Science Meeting "Transforming Land Systems for People and Nature" from 24-26 April 2019 in Bern, Switzerland. Propose a session by 20 August:

vi. Future Earth's Anthropocene magazine recently won a global award from The Council for Advancement and Support of Education:
The magazine's third edition will be published soon. Read more, sign up for the weekly newsletter or become a member:

vii. Recent Future Earth monthly newsletter:

viii. Read the latest Global Research Project and Knowledge-Action Network newsletter:

14. WCRP updates

i. New executive appointment: WMO Chief Scientist and Director of Research, Pavel Kabat, starts 1 September:

ii. WCRP Strategic Plan Public Consultation: The draft WCRP Strategic Plan 2019-2029 is now available for public consultation and comment. This opportunity to shape the next decade of climate research is open until 31 August:

iii. Call to host the WCRP International Project Office for the Climate and Cryosphere (CliC): Letters of intent to host the CliC IPO should be sent by 1 September:

iv. Nominations open for 2018 Data and Modeling Prizes: These two prizes for notable achievements in model and data development aim to honour, recognize, and foster research activities in their respective fields, as well as stress their mutual interdependence. Deadline 1 October:

v. The CMIP6 Model Analysis Workshop will be held 25-28 March 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. Abstract submissions open 15 September 2018:

vi. Save the date! The International Conference on Regional Climate, ICRC-CORDEX 2019, will take place on 14-18 October 2019 in Beijing, China:

vii. Read the CLIVAR July Bulletin:
Read the CLIVAR August Bulletin:

viii. Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC): a. General Assembly standard registrations close 2 September:
b. Nominations for Scientific Steering Group nominations close 15 September:
c. Newsletter 51 now online:

15. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. Climate History Network: Read the current newsletter featuring podcast links, feature article summaries, calls for papers, conference updates, and list of new scholarships:

ii. Historical Climatology: A recent piece by environmental historian Nancy Langston shows how complex relationships between climate change and human management have shaped the fortunes of woodland caribou:

iii. ICYS: Group leaders wish to remind their community about the upcoming PAGES' CLIVASH2k workshop (registration deadline: 17 August; see point 8) and special issue of Geoscience (see point 4).


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