PAGES e-news vol. 2018, no.12


(12), 2018

PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2018, no. 12


1. New Past Global Changes Magazine on Open Paleodata
2. Host PAGES 2021 OSM/YSM - apply by 28 Feb
3. SSC Announcements - Call for applications (deadline 14 Feb) and member news
4. Propose a new PAGES working group - deadline 14 Feb
5. Apply for workshop/meeting support - deadline 14 Feb
6. Working Group news
7. Recent products
8. PAGES Early-Career Network updates
9. PAGES at EGU General Assembly April 2019
10. Working Group meetings and deadlines
11. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings
12. IPCC SROCC updates - register and live event
13. IPCC SRCCL update
14. INQUA updates

15. Major funding opportunity for ocean sustainability
16. 2019 Swiss Climate Summer School

17. Future Earth updates
18. WCRP updates
19. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates


1. New Past Global Changes Magazine on Open Paleodata

The latest issue of Past Global Changes Magazine, titled "Building and Harnessing Open Paleodata" is now available to read and download.

Guest edited by John W. Williams, Alicia J. Newton and Darrell S. Kaufman, this issue showcases the ongoing growth of a rich variety of openly available, globally distributed paleodata. It highlights new scientific, software, funding, and outreach initiatives that harness these open-data resources:

2. Host PAGES 2021 OSM/YSM - apply by 28 Feb

Held every four years, PAGES’ Open Science Meeting (OSM) and Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) provide an invaluable opportunity to bring the past global change community together from around the world to share, discuss, learn, and plan for the future.

Would you and your institution like to be an integral part of these premier events in the international paleoscience calendar? The call is now open to host the next meetings in 2021, preferably in the first half of the year.

The bidding process takes place in two stages with Expressions of Interest due 28 February 2019. PAGES' Scientific Steering Committee will then invite a shortlist of selected potential hosts to submit a full bid by early September 2019. All details:

3. SSC Announcements - Call for applications and member news

a. Apply to be on our SSC: PAGES activities are overseen by an international Scientific Steering Committee (SSC). The SSC represents a broad spectrum of disciplines and nationalities. The continuing success of PAGES relies on the input of these people. PAGES is calling for applications from scientists to serve on its SSC from January 2020. We encourage applications from scientists in regions currently under-represented and welcome more female applicants. The application deadline is 14 February 2019:

b. Incoming/Outgoing members: The SSC tenure for three long-serving members finishes in a few weeks. We say goodbye to Pascale Braconnot (also Executive Committee), Hugues Goosse and Yusuke Yokoyama and thank them for their valuable contributions over the past six years. In January 2019, the SSC welcomes new members Paul Valdes and Boris Vannière.

4. Propose a new PAGES working group - deadline 14 Feb

Does your heart pound for paleoscience? Know others who feel the same? Propose a new PAGES' working group to address a paleoscience question in an internationally coordinated way. The application deadline is 14 February 2019 17:00 CET.

You must also contact a member of the PAGES Scientific Steering Committee, discussing your plans, at least two weeks before you submit this proposal.​ Applications received without SSC member notification will not be looked upon favorably. All details:

5. Apply for workshop/meeting support - deadline 14 Feb

The next deadline for PAGES' workshop/meeting support applications is 14 February 2019 17:00 CET. This is an open call. 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 September 2019 onwards). All details:

6. Working Group news

i. 2k Network: The Iso2k project of the PAGES 2k Network has set a new benchmark in how to conduct a successful online meeting. Group leader Bronwen Konecky has organized four mini-retreats, focusing on writing and data clean-up. The next event, a write-a-thon, is on 20 December 2018. All details:

ii. C-PEAT: a. The working group's second phase begins in January 2019 and runs for three years. Find out more about the peatland working group and be involved:
b. Working group leaders invite the C-PEAT community and other scientists interested in peat-related questions to consider contributing abstracts to the following sessions: (1) BG2.17 "Peatlands under pressure" at the 2019 EGU General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, (deadline 10 January; see point 9 below) and (2) "Peatland dynamics through time and their use as environmental archives" at the 2019 INQUA Congress in Dublin, Ireland, (under the category "terrestrial processes"; deadline 9 January; see point 14).

iii. Floods: The working group's second phase begins in January 2019 and runs for three years. Find out more about the Floods Working Group and be involved:

iv. LandCover6k: The group is now in Phase 2. A coordinating group of 12 LandCover6k members, senior researchers and ECRs have had video meetings each month since June 2018, dealing with updates on activities and major issues needing decisions. Publication policy, data ownership and sharing are examples of issues currently being discussed. If anyone would like the full (not summarized) meeting minutes, please contact the relevant group/activity leader:

v. OC3: The working group has been given a one-year extension to complete its planned deliverables. Find out more about the ocean circulation and carbon group and be involved:

vi. PALSEA: Abstract submissions for the next workshop (21-23 July 2019, Dublin, Ireland) will be open from 14 January to 27 February 2019. See point 10 for a link to the proposed program and other important details.

vii. Tipping Points IA: Presentations from the Tipping Points Integrative Activity workshop (14-16 November 2018, Hamburg, Germany) can be accessed via a password-protected website. See "Post-meeting material" section for all details:

viii. VICS: The working group's second phase begins in January 2019 and runs for three years. Find out more about the volcanic impacts working group and be involved:

7. Recent products

i. 2k Network: The PAGES 2k Network proxy data were used in a recent paper from Zhong Y et al. "Asymmetric Cooling of the Atlantic and Pacific Arctic During the Past Two Millennia: A Dual Observation-Modeling Study" in Geophysical Research Letters

ii. ECN: Three recent papers have been published in the Climate of the Past Special Issue "Global Challenges for our Common Future: a paleoscience perspective" which resulted from PAGES' 2017 Young Scientists Meeting:
a. Carter VA, Shinker JJ & Preece J (2018) Drought and vegetation change in the central Rocky Mountains and western Great Plains: potential climatic mechanisms associated with megadrought conditions at 4200 cal yr BP:
b. Callegaro A et al. (2018) Fire, vegetation, and Holocene climate in a southeastern Tibetan lake: a multi-biomarker reconstruction from Paru Co:
c. Grimmer F et al. (2018) Early Pliocene vegetation and hydrology changes in western equatorial South America:

iii. SISAL: Lechleitner FA et al. published a critical assessment of the SISAL database, discussing the potential of speleothems from Western Europe as recorders of regional climate in Quaternary:

iv. PAGES-endorsed groups: McKay N et al. published the paper "The onset and rate of Holocene Neoglacial cooling in the Arctic" in Geophysical Research Letters, which benefited from the Arctic Holocene Transitions project:

8. PAGES Early-Career Network updates

a. Next webinar: The next webinar titled "From Idea to Paper in the Paleogeosciences - Using RMarkdown to make your work easier and better looking" will be held on​ 23 January 2019 at 16:00 GMT and 00:00 GMT (going into 24 January). The host is Simon Goring. All details:

b. Grant writing workshop: ECN leaders are pleased to announce the first-ever PAGES ECN Workshop! "Funding starts here - Grant writing for early-career researchers" will be held from 26-29 May 2019 in Prague, Czech Republic. Travel support will be available for ECRs, especially those from developing countries. For more information about registration, travel assistance, lodging, etc, go to:

c. New blog: A new post on 'The Early Pages' highlights three different ways/perspectives to maintain a healthy and fulfilling work-life balance in academia:

d. Twitter: The Early Pages blog is now on Twitter. Follow along:

e. Mailing list: To receive a more comprehensive list of ECN news and announcements, sign up to the mailing list:

9. PAGES at EGU General Assembly April 2019

Six PAGES working groups have arranged sessions. Please consider submitting an abstract to the PAGES 2k Network, CVAS, OC3, SISAL, QUIGS or VICS sessions.
The deadline for abstract submission is 10 January, 13:00 CET. All details:

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

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

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

iv. 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

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

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

Using ecological and chronological data to improve proxy-based paleo sea level reconstructions
Dublin, Ireland
21-23 July 2019
Abstract submission opens: 14 January

vii. PEOPLE 3000:
3rd workshop: Human Paleo-biogeography and the Synchrony of Social-Ecological Systems on Earth
Vernal, Utah, USA
20-24 May 2019
Deadlines: TBA

viii. QUIGS:
Warm extremes – Marine isotope stage 5e and its relevance to the future
1-4 July 2019
Cambridge, UK
Deadlines: TBA

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

11. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings

i. IPCC SROCC Information Event for Early-Career Researchers
Bern, Switzerland
18 December 2018

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

iii. CLIMATE-12k workshop: How hot was the Holocene?
Sainte-Croix, Switzerland
10-13 June 2019
Apply now! Applications will start to be considered after 15 December

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

v. PaleoENSO workshop
Belitung Island, Indonesia
25-30 August 2019
Registration deadlines: 31 January

vi. 13th International Conference on Paleoceanography
Sydney, Australia
2-6 September 2019
Early-bird registration deadline: 28 February

vii. 25th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists
Bern, Switzerland
4-7 September 2019
Registration deadline: 17 December

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

12. IPCC SROCC updates - register and live event

a. Register as an expert reviewer: The IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC) is calling for expert reviewers to register online by 4 January. For the scientific community, this is the very last opportunity to provide comments, with the review period ending 11 January:

b. Watch live! Information event for early-career researchers: Mountain Research Initiative, PAGES and the Swiss Polar Institute will conduct a half-day information and networking event on 18 December 2018 in Bern, Switzerland, for early-career researchers whose scientific background, research or expertise relates to climate change.

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.

If you cannot attend, the event will be streamed live. All details:

13. IPCC SRCCL update

The Expert Review of the Second Order Draft of the IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) runs until 14 January 2019. Registration as an expert reviewer will be open until 7 January. All details:

14. INQUA updates

i. Registration for the 20th INQUA Congress (25-31 July 2019, Dublin, Ireland) is open. Super Early Fee Registration Deadline is 16 January 2019:

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:

15. Major funding opportunity for ocean sustainability

Belmont Forum, Future Earth, and the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans), announce a call for proposals which aim to bring together researchers and experts across the globe to innovate solutions that accelerate sustainable use of oceans and minimize the effects from global change. Thematic areas for this funding opportunity were developed through a global scoping process lead by Future Earth, followed by additional consultations co-led by Future Earth and the Belmont Forum.

This Collaborative Research Action (CRA) call aims to contribute to the overall challenge of ocean sustainability, with the UN Sustainable Development Goal no. 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) as the overall framework. Because the challenge is complex, there is a need for integrated, interdisciplinary and cross sectoral approaches, bringing together natural and social sciences, as well as policymakers, resource managers, industries, citizens and other societal partners.

A total of 14 funders from 12 countries have committed in total over 18 million dollars of cash and in-kind resources for this call: Brazil, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Japan, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, and USA. Through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), researchers from Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Comoros and Madagascar are also eligible for this call.

The pre-registration system closes 31 January. All details:

16. 2019 Swiss Climate Summer School

The 18th International Swiss Climate Summer School will be held from 8-13 September 2019 at Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland. Application deadline is 11 January:

17. Future Earth updates

i. Host Sustainability Research and Innovation 2020 - A Transdisciplinary Congress Powered by Future Earth and the Belmont Forum: Future Earth, which supports the largest global community of systems-focused sustainability researchers and innovators, and the Belmont Forum, the world’s largest consortium of transdisciplinary global change and sustainability research funders, are joining forces to establish an annual marquis congress. Applications to host the 2020 congress close 1 March 2019. All details:

ii. "10 New Insights in Climate Science" was officially launched at a briefing event at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland:

iii. Anthropocene Magazine: All memberships and donations to Future Earth's magazine will be doubled until 31 December. NewsMatch will match any contribution up to $1000:

18. WCRP updates

The WCRP and Future Earth sponsored Global Carbon Project published its Carbon Budget 2018, where it estimates that CO2 emissions will rise by a projected 2.7 percent this year, with an uncertainty range between 1.8 percent and 3.7 percent:

19. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

Varves Working Group: Guest editors Wojciech Tylmann and Bernd Zolitschka encourage contributions to the upcoming special issue on annually laminated (varved) lake sediments for the new Open Access journal Quaternary. The deadline has been extended! Please submit your manuscript by 31 March. For questions, please contact the Editorial Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or the guest editors. Further information: 


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