PAGES e-news vol. 2018, no.10


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2018, no. 10


1. PAGES LiPD webinar - 17 October
2. IPCC SROCC Information Event for ECRs - 18 December
Working Group news
4. Recent products
5. PAGES Early-Career Network updates
Working Group meetings and deadlines
7. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings
8. IPCC updates
9. INQUA updates
10. ICP 2019
. Call for contributions - Quaternary in Africa special issue

12. AGU registration reminder
13. Future Earth updates
14. WCRP updates


1. PAGES LiPD webinar - 17 October

Would you like to learn more about data and data stewardship? PAGES' first webinar "The Linked Paleo Data framework (LiPD) - introduction and open discussion" will be held on Wednesday 17 October 2018. Join in live or view the webinar afterwards. All details:

2. IPCC SROCC Information Event for ECRs - 18 December

Mountain Research Initiative, PAGES and the Swiss Polar Institute will conduct a half-day information and networking event specifically dedicated to ECRs based in Switzerland and whose scientific background, research or expertise relates to climate change on 18 December 2018 in Bern, Switzerland.

This is a chance to join the discussion, network, and learn from prominent climate scientists and experts participating in the IPCC assessment process. This event will provide background information on the assessment process, and perspectives from the scientific communities working on mountains, polar regions, and past climates on the challenges and prospects for research on climate change in these environments.

Speakers will be Valérie Masson-Delmotte, IPCC Working Group I Co-Chair; Gian-Kasper Plattner, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow, and Landscape Research (WSL); Christian Huggel, University of Zurich; Ulrike Lohmann, ETH Zurich; and Darrell Kaufman, Northern Arizona University.

All details:

Working Group news

i. C-SIDE: An outreach event, presented by Xavier Crosta, will be held on 25 October in conjunction with the group's first workshop "Developing Data and Modeling Capacity to Understand Past Changes in Sea Ice in the Southern Ocean" from 24-26 October 2018, Vancouver, Canada. Access the flyer with details on how to RSVP in "Outreach event" subheading:

ii. CVAS: The third workshop will now be held 24-25 January 2019 in Seattle, USA. See point 6 for all details.

iii. DAPS: DAPS performs an intercomparison experiment for data assimilation methods for paleoclimatic applications. All groups using such methods are encouraged to participate. First analyses of the results will start in January 2019, and data should be uploaded before then, if possible. Later submissions are also welcome. For the intercomparison, Northern Hemisphere (NH) local temperature pseudo-reconstructions for the period 1900–2000 will be assimilated. The data assimilation simulations will be compared using a common validation setup. The restriction to the NH and the period after 1900 CE ensures that the surface climate is known relatively well, which is crucial both for providing pseudo-reconstructions with a realistic climate signal and for validation. Further information: Questions or comments can be emailed to Martin Widmann: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

iv. LandCover6k: a. Register by 31 October for the "European Land-use at 6000BP: transforming on-site data to land-use units distributed in space" workshop from 28-30 January 2019 in Hemmenhofen, Germany. See point 6 for all details.
b. Co-design workshop: The PAGES LandCover6k co-design workshop in Sitges, Spain, 24-28 September 2018 was very successful. Representatives from LandCover6k, PEOPLE 3000, PMIP, and the carbon-cycle modeling community co-designed palaeoclimate experiments to study the effect of past anthropogenic land-use and land-cover change on climate and the carbon cycle. Interested? Please contact Sandy Harrison, Marie-José Gaillard or Beni Stocker:
c. Land Use Database: Our geodatabase for classifying global land activities across the past 6000 years is currently being tested and almost ready for data. Using ArcGIS we have created a grid of 8x8 km squares covering the entire global land surface – some 2.5 million cells! – to be classified according to the criteria set out in the LandCover6k special issue of PAGES Magazine (Morrison et al. 2018). Accompanying documentation for the database will also be circulated soon – this will include detailed definitions of our land-use categories and associated variables, as well as a step-by-step guide to using the database. We are currently focussed on readying maps for our pre-1850 time-slices and warmly welcome new contributors – please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we can put you in contact with the coordinators of our regional working groups.
d. Submit an abstract for our session "The deep history of global land use change – needs and potentials for earth system modelling and understanding of socio-ecological systems" at GLP Open Science Meeting by 30 October:
e. Submit an abstract for our session "Upscaling palaeoecological, archaeological and historical records of land-use and landcover change to the globe for earth system modelling and sustainable land-system management" at INQUA 2019 by 9 January 2019. See point 9 for all details.

v. SISAL: a. Changes/updates have been made to the working group's regional coordinators. If you see your region is not represented and you would like to take part, contact the steering committee:
b. Would you like to host the group's 4th workshop in the second half of 2019? Contact group leader Laia Comas Bru:

vi. VICS: Although not an official VICS project, Steering Group member Francis Ludlow and working group member Joseph Manning are part of a team which has received a large US National Science Foundation grant to pursue work on volcanic impacts:

4. Recent products

i. Floods Working Group: Bruno Wilhelm et al. published an overview paper "Interpreting historical, botanical, and geological evidence to aid preparations for future floods" in WIREs Water:

ii. PALSEA: New article "Late Holocene relative sea levels near Palmer Station, northern Antarctic Peninsula, strongly controlled by late Holocene ice-mass changes" 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:

iii. PEOPLE 3000: Members of the working group published a paper in PNAS which looks at human energy consumption reaching back 10,000 years and across four continents:

iv. SISAL: a. Kamolphat Atsawawaranunt et al. published "The SISAL database: a global resource to document oxygen and carbon isotope records from speleothems" in Earth System Science Data:
b. Four papers of the SISAL Special Issue of Quaternary have been submitted for publication and are now available as preprints: Africa:; W Europe:; India:; South America: Please contact lead authors prior to manuscript publication with any feedback. Papers for Eastern Europe & Turkey, Middle East, and Oceania are also planned.

5. PAGES Early-Career Network updates

a. Webinar: If you missed the recent ECN webinar with Graciela Gil Romera "How to review a scientific paper effectively", it will be available soon on the ECN YouTube Channel:

b. The Early Pages Blog Stay tuned for upcoming posts on work-life balance, life outside academia, advice by advanced-career researchers, and scientific questions such as what the 8.2 ka event looked like in the Southern Hemisphere. Are you interested in writing a post? Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

6.  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
6-8 February 2019
Deadlines: TBA

ii. 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

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

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

v. 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

vi. GloSS:
3rd database workshop
Koblenz, Germany
18-20 October 2018

vii. LandCover6k:
a. European Land-use at 6000BP: transforming on-site data to land use units distributed in space
Hemmenhofen, Germany
28-30 January 2019
Registration deadline: 31 October 2018

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

viii. PALSEA:
Using ecological and chronological data to improve proxy-based paleo sea level reconstructions
Dublin, Ireland
21-23 July 2019
Deadlines: TBA

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

x. 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

xi. VICS:
4th workshop: Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society: The Common Era and beyond
Cambridge, UK
13-16 April 2019
ECR financial support deadline: 20 October 2018
Registration and abstract submission: 1 November 2018

7. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings

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

ii. Digital Archaeology: Quantitative approaches, spatial statistics and socioecological modelling colloquium
Bern, Switzerland
4-6 February 2019
Abstract deadline: 1 November 2018

iii. 2019 Summer School on Speleothem Science (S4)
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
11-17 August 2019
Expressions of interest open now

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

v. 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography
Sydney, Australia
1-6 September 2019
Early-bird registration deadline: 28 February 2019

vi. CLImatic MOdes of VARiability (CLIMOVAR) over the Holocene: model-data synergies to improve future projections
Barcelona, Spain
25-27 September 2019
Deadlines: TBA

8. IPCC updates

i. The IPCC approved the summary for policymakers of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 °C on 6 October in Incheon, Republic of Korea. Access it here:

ii. Call for papers - IPCC AR6 Chapter 9: AR6 Chapter 9 (Ocean, Cryosphere and Sea Level Change) Lead Authors encourage submission of papers on topics relevant to ocean, cryosphere and sea-level change via email to Tamzin Palmer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., using the subject line "IPCC AR6 WGI Chapter 9: Relevant paper". All papers will be treated as confidential. Deadlines for citation in AR6 WG1 are submission by 31 December 2019 and acceptance by 30 September 2020.

9. INQUA updates

i. Registration for the 20th INQUA Congress in Dublin, Ireland, from 25-31 July 2019, is now open:

ii. Have you seen the extensive list of PAGES sessions at the Congress? Working groups and SSC members are well represented. Submit an abstract by 9 January 2019:

10. ICP 2019

Registration and abstract submission for the PAGES-supported 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography (2-6 September 2019, Sydney, Australia) have now opened. Early-bird registration closes 28 February 2019:

Several PAGES working groups will hold pre- or post-ICP workshops: CoralHydro2k, PAGES 2k joint ARAMATE/MULTICHRON and C-SIDE:

11. Call for contributions - Quaternary in Africa special issue

Contribute to the Special Issue "Applying the Quaternary in Africa: The Role of the Past in Supporting the Future". Papers welcome from a wide range of disciplines on how a Quaternary perspective on ecosystem and environmental change can be used to assess the challenges to future management of natural capital and natural resources. It is guest edited by PAGES SSC member Lindsey Gillson, LandCover6k Africa coordinator Rob Marchant, and Stephen Rucina:

12. AGU registration reminder

The AGU Fall Meeting will be held in Washington, DC, USA, from 10-14 December 2018. Register before 7 November for a discount. In order to qualify for AGU member rates, you must have joined AGU or renewed by 15 October:

See the list of PAGES-sessions at the AGU:

13. Future Earth updates

i. European Space Agency-Future Earth funding call for joint activities: Deadline 2 November. These funds are available to the Future Earth community to test out ideas that make use of the European Space Agency’s Earth observation data. Ideally these ideas would be seen as a springboard to larger projects that could be developed with ESA. Proposals welcome across a broad range of research questions and applications:

ii. Future Earth and the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) are gathering input for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) consultation on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework: As the Aichi targets come to an end in 2020, we are left with the CBD’s 2050 Vision: "by 2050, biodiversity is valued, conserved, restored and wisely used, maintaining ecosystem services, sustaining a healthy planet and delivering benefits essential for all people" ("Living in Harmony with Nature", CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020). Looking back at and learning from the last decade brings important questions for the biodiversity scientific community as to how this vision can be achieved and through which knowledge and tools. Future Earth and the CBD recently joined forces in that regard. Survey deadline 5 November: The survey consists of five questions aiming at (i) proposing a set of priorities emanating from the scientific community and (ii) critically analysing current targets and indicators. Please note that answers may be submitted in French or English, and that you may submit answers as an individual or an organisation:

Two webinars will be organised by Future Earth and CNRS (time and date TBD) to present and discuss the results of this consultation, before and after the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 14). Please note that we would be happy to have you or your organisation join these webinars. You can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Following the reception of your written contributions and the two webinars, responses and webinar discussion points will be collected and submitted as a service to the CBD Secretariat by 15 December.

COP14 Preparation: Concerning COP14, Future Earth would like to gather all information needed to effectively coordinate between the various events in which the Future Earth community may be involved to help maximise their impact, including communications efforts. Are you or any of your colleagues associated with Future Earth planning on participating in or have you submitted a proposal for activities at COP14? If so, please fill in this quick form. Future Earth recognises that side event proposals haven't been selected yet but it will help them map out potential events:

iii. The Knowledge Action Network for Emergent Risk and Extreme Events (RISK KAN), a joint effort of IRDR, Future Earth and WCRP, has been launched, and is open for general membership and membership in the Development Team members or working groups. All details:

The deadline for the call for expression of interest in membership in the RISK KAN is 15 November:

iv. A Natural Assets KAN workshop "Forest transition in the Andes: Pathways to optimize the balance between Natural Assets and Sustainable Development Goals", will be held in Tucumán, Argentina, from 28-30 November 2018. It will be conducted in Spanish. For more information, please contact Ricardo Grau: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

v. The Future Earth Annual Report, showcasing achievements from April 2017 through to March 2018, is now available:

vi. The final webinar on Science and Policy from Future Earth and the Early Career Researchers Networks of Networks (NoN), discussing the Natural Assets KAN, will be held on 16 October. Register here:

vii. Read the Future Earth September Newsletter:

14. WCRP updates

i. WCRP encourages the paleo community to attend the AGU Fall Meeting Town Hall "International Climate Science in the Next Decade: A Vision from the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP), the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)" on 11 December:

ii. The new WCRP Coordination Office for Regional Activities (CORA), jointly hosted by the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS) in Hamburg, Germany, and the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (BCCR) in Bergen, Norway, is now open:

iii. For more WCRP news, read the September News:

iv. Read the CLIVAR October Bulletin:



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