PAGES e-news vol. 2018, no.9


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2018, no. 9


1. PAGES is hiring! Science Officer
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
Working Group meetings and deadlines
8. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings
9. PAGES sessions at INQUA 2019
10. WDS Survey on Non-standard Research Outputs

Future Earth updates
12. WCRP updates
13. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates


1. PAGES is hiring! Science Officer

PAGES seeks a new Science Officer to join the International Project Office in Bern, Switzerland. Applications accepted until 30 September. Ideal start date 1 December 2018. All details:

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 PAGES Scientific Steering Committee member before 20 September to discuss your plans before you submit the proposal.​ Applications received without SSC notification will not be looked upon favorably:

4. Working Group news

i. 2k Network: a. The International Relations Office at the University of Bern, Switzerland, profiled the PAGES 2k Network Temperature Database and interviewed some of its contributors. Read their article here:
b. A CLIVASH2k workshop was hosted at the British Antarctic Survey from 4-5 September. More than 40 scientists from across the globe attended a series of talks and discussions centred on climate variability in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere over the past 2000 years. The meeting brought together researchers working on a range of different paleoclimate archives, including ice cores, peat, lake sediments and marine records, with climatologists, data assimilation experts and climate modelers. Financial support from PAGES, AntClim21 and PAIS ensured active participation from early-career researchers, with travel grants awarded to five ECRs from Peru, America, Australia, and Jordan. A full workshop report will be available on the CLIVASH2k webpage shortly:

ii. C-SIDE: The preliminary program for the group's first workshop "Developing Data and Modeling Capacity to Understand Past Changes in Sea Ice in the Southern Ocean" is now available. And there are still five places available to attend - 24-26 October 2018, Vancouver, Canada. See point 7 for all details.

iii. CVAS: The third workshop will now be held 24-25 January 2019 in Seattle, USA. See point 7 for all details.

iv. 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 7 for all details.

v. PALSEA: To celebrate the 2019 launch of the next phase of the PALSEA working group, we've made a new logo! Take a look, and read all about PALSEA's plans, here:

vi. Thresholds and Tipping Points Integrative Activity: Registration is now open for the AIMES/PAGES joint workshop in Hamburg, Germany, in November. A few places are still available to attend, but no funding support can be provided. See point 7 for all details.

5. Recent products

i. C-PEAT: Members of the C-PEAT working group, led by Angela Gallego-Sala, examine how the peatland carbon sink is likely to behave under future climate warming scenarios in their Nature Climate Change paper:

ii. Floods Working Group: Bruno Wilhelm et al. published an invited review, titled "Recent advances in paleoflood hydrology: From new archives to data compilation and analysis" in Water Security:

iii. LandCover6k: Furong Li et al. published a synthesis of pollen productivity estimates (RPPs) from temperate China in Frontiers in Plant Science:

iv. PALSEA: New article "Quantifying variable rates of postglacial relative sea level fall from a cluster of 24 isolation basins in southern Norway" published in the "PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA): ice-sheet and sea-level responses to past climate warming" special issue of Quaternary Science Reviews:

v. Workshop product: Victor J. Polyak et al. published a paper on relative sea level in the western Mediterranean Sea during the last interglacial period in Nature Geoscience. It is an outcome of a PAGES-supported workshop held in Spain in 2012:

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. What webinar topics would you like to see? The PAGES ECN is eager to provide webinars and trainings on topics most appealing to their membership. Fill out this quick poll to let them know what issues you would most like to have addressed by the ECN community (or suggest your own webinar topic):

iii. The list of Regional Representatives is now online. Regional representatives help extend the reach of the ECN and help the network grow globally:

iv. The Early Pages Blog ( a. Launched six months ago, the blog has since been read by 1135 different people in 67 countries. The blog leaders extend their thanks to all readers and authors, and invite you to contribute. Send your story idea to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
b. Contributions from both ECRs and Senior Researchers are welcome for the discussion topic "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 send an email to the address above.

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

7.  Working Group meetings and deadlines

i. 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

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

iii. 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
Places still available!

iv. CVAS:
3rd workshop: Spatio-temporal scaling of forced and unforced variability across the Holocene: from proxies to process
Seattle, USA
New dates! 24-25 January 2019
Deadlines: TBA

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

vi. 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

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

viii. 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

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

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

xi. Thresholds and Tipping Points Integrative Activity:
AIMES/PAGES joint workshop: Abrupt changes, thresholds, and tipping points in Earth history and future implications
Hamburg, Germany
14-16 November 2018
Registration closes: 9 November

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

8. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings

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

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

iii. Digital Archaeology: Quantitative approaches, spatial statistics and socioecological modelling colloquium
Bern, Switzerland
4-6 February 2019
Abstract deadline: 1 November 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
Registration and poster submission now open

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

9. 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:

10. WDS Survey on Non-standard Research Outputs

WDS Members are encouraged to complete, and share with colleagues and networks, the following survey concerning what, if anything, should be done by WDS to help sustain and guarantee the trustworthiness of (repositories of) components of research activity beyond what is typically thought of as 'data'. The deadline is Monday 1 October:

Future Earth updates

i. The Future Earth Secretariat is seeking a Deputy Director to lead partnerships globally and for its Global Hub in Paris, France. Apply by 30 September:

ii. The Regional Center for Future Earth in Asia is seeking a science officer to provide intellectual and coordination support for the development of research, capacity building and collaborative networks in Asia, based in Kyoto, Japan. Apply by 15 October:

iii. Anthropocene Magazine Issue #3 is now online. It explores everything from sustainable consumption to food computers, and animal products without the animals:

12. WCRP updates

i. 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:

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

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

iv. Read the CLIVAR September Bulletin:

v. Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate (SPARC): Nominations for Scientific Steering Group nominations close 15 September:

13. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. Climate History Network: Sam White is pleased to announce the publication of the Palgrave Handbook of Climate History. With 38 chapters and 40 authors, this represents the first textbook of climate history including methods, results, themes, case studies, and the history of climate science:

ii. Historical Climatology: Two new articles. a. Nancy Langston traces how climate change and human management have interacted to shape the fortunes of woodland caribou:
b. Dagomar Degroot surveys and critiques a growing scholarship that correlates past social and climatic trends:

iii. IHOPE: The closed workshop "If the past teaches, what does the future learn?" will be held from 29 October to 2 November 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland, USA:

iv. IPICS: Access the updated list of Steering Committee members here:


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