PAGES e-news, vol. 2015, no. 9


(9), 2015

PAGES e-news, vol. 2015, no. 9



▶ PAGES’ new Executive Director
▶ Zaragoza to host 5th OSM/3rd YSM in 2017
▶ PAGES 2k news
► New volcanoes working group
 Upcoming deadlines to attend PAGES-supported meetings
► EGU opportunities

 4th PALSEA2 meeting - Save the date!
► Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) - reminder
 IGBP updates
► Future Earth updates
WCRP updates
 Climate History Network podcast
AGU Fall Meeting


▶ PAGES’ new Executive Director

We are delighted to welcome Marie-France Loutre as PAGES’ new Executive Director. Read more at:

▶ Zaragoza to host 5th OSM/3rd YSM in 2017

The PAGES EXCOM and SSC are pleased to announce the 5th PAGES Open Science Meeting (OSM) and 3rd Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) will be held in Zaragoza, Spain. The proposed dates are around early to mid-May 2017.

We look forward to organizing a rewarding and memorable meeting with our hosts, the Pyrenean Institute of Ecology, Spanish National Research Council (IPE‐CSIC).

▶ PAGES 2k news

PAGES 2k special issue: A special issue of "Climate of the Past" is planned to showcase results of the 2k project. It will be open for submissions between July and Dec 2016. Contributions are welcome from 2k regional and trans-regional groups and any individual initiatives (e.g. studies based on one of the 2k databases). Send provisional titles to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PAGES 2k temperature reconstruction: An author group is now forming to write a paper focusing on a comparative analysis of global mean temperature time series (index) reconstructions using the new PAGES 2k proxy dataset. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your proposed contribution.

► New volcanoes working group

We recently launched the Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS) working group, which aims to improve volcanic radiative forcing reconstructions and the understanding of both the volcanically-induced climate variability and societal impacts of eruptions.
Learn more and sign up to the mailing list at:

 Upcoming deadlines to attend PAGES-supported meetings

PlioVAR: Modelling Climate Variability During Critical Intervals of the Late Pliocene
29 February to 1 March 2016, Leeds, UK.
Apply by: 5pm 17 December 2015.

Connecting Paleo and Modern Oceanographic Data to Understand AMOC Over Decades to Centuries
23-25 May 2016, Boulder, USA
Apply by: 22 January 2016
Contact person: Hali Kilbourne This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

European Pollen Database meeting and training
1-3 June 2016, Aix-en-Provence, France
Apply by: 28 February 2016
Contact person: Thomas Giesecke This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2k Network & PMIP: Comparing data and model estimates of hydroclimate variability and change over the Common Era
1-3 June 2016, Palisades, NY, USA
Contact person: Jason Smerdon This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Regional Integration Theme: Dynamics of socio-ecosystems on a changing Earth: sustainability or collapse?
4 April 2016, Chambéry, France
Contact person: Fabien Arnaud This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Modeling isotope ratios in proxy climate records
2-5 May 2016, Friday Harbour, USA
Contact person: David Noone This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 EGU opportunities

EGU Meeting Support for 2016: Deadline 31 December 2015. The EGU welcomes proposals for Topical Meetings, Training Schools and Workshops, as well as applications for EGU Sponsorship of External Meetings, for the year 2016. More at:

EGU General Assembly: The EGU General Assembly will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 17-22 April 2016. The abstract submission deadline is 13 January 2016 at 13:00 CET. If applying for early-career scientist support, the deadline is 1 December 2015.

Several PAGES-relevant sessions are inviting abstract submissions:

Flood and weather extremes of the past (Session: CL1.13/AS4.28/HS2.4.7)
Conveners: S Dietrich, B Wilhelm. Co-conveners: M Czymzik, R Glaser, G Lohmann, S Wirth & M Stoffel.

Sea ice in the past: proxies, models and climate feedbacks (Session: CL4.01/OS1.17)
Convener: E Wolff. Co-conveners: A de Vernal, MS Seidenkrantz & H Goosse.

Stratospheric aerosol, volcanic eruptions and their radiative effects
(Session: AS3.5/CL2.07)
Convener: G.W. Mann. Co-conveners: M Toohey, L Thomason, C Timmreck.

Land use and land cover change over Holocene timescales (Session: BG2.19/SSS3.7)
Convener: J Woodbridge. Co-conveners: S Brewer & R Fyfe.

► 4th PALSEA2 meeting - Save the date!

The 4th PALSEA2 meeting will be held from 18-21 September 2016 at Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon, USA. The topic is "Sea-level budgets at decadal to millennial timescales to bridge the paleo and instrumental records".
More information at:

Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) - reminder

ICYS is still welcoming registrations from early-career researchers for its upcoming workshop in Hobart, Australia, on 6 March 2016. This workshop takes place just prior to IPICS' 2016 Open Science Conference. More at: Register by emailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 IGBP updates

IGBP's Global Change final issue highlights the organization's legacy as it transitions to Future Earth at the end of this year. Three decades of scientific and institutional accomplishments, as well as contributions to policy and capacity building, from PAGES' parent organization are featured.

Landmark Synthesis Event at AGU: Preparations for IGBP's Landmark Synthesis Event at the AGU Fall Meeting in December are in full swing. See the program here:

Future Earth updates

MoU: PAGES has now officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing its position as a core project within Future Earth. The PAGES community looks forward to a productive and rewarding collaboration.

Going to COP21‬?: Future Earth, ICSU, ISSC, and the Stockholm Resilience Centre are sharing a booth for the scientific community to facilitate interactions among delegates and keep you informed. Look out for it if you're there!

WCRP updates

Call for 2016 SCOR Visiting Scholars: This program sends ocean scientists interested in short-term visits to developing countries. Application deadline is 4 December 2015. Find out more at:

CLIVAR Open Science Conference: "Charting the course for climate and ocean research", 18-25 September 2016, Qingdao, China.
Event registration opens in December. Submit abstracts by 15 March 2016.
More information at:

 Climate History Network podcast

Climate History Network and recently recorded an interview with Prof Sam White of Ohio State University. White is a respected environmental historian of the Little Ice Age. Listen here:

AGU Fall Meeting

PAGES wishes all community members a successful and productive time at the AGU Fall Meeting from 14-18 December 2015 in San Francisco, USA. Sessions co-sponsored by IGBP are indicated with an *:

LandCover6k Working Group

Monday 14 December
Dating the Anthropocene: Early Land Use and Earth System Change* (Session: GC11E)
Primary Convener: E Ellis. Conveners: K Goldewijk & J Williams

Emerging perspectives on land use: global drivers and local impacts in a socioenvironmentally connected world* (Session: GC13C)
Primary Convener: P Verburg. Conveners: M Reichstein, KD Morrison & S van der Leeuw

Aquatic Transitions Working Group

Monday 14 December
Sedimentary records of threshold change in ecosystems* (Session: GC13G)
Primary Convener: K Mills. Conveners: P Gell & J E Saros

Dust Impact on Climate and Environment (DICE) Working Group

Tuesday 15 December
Long-Range Transport of Dust and Pollution in the Past, Present, and Future I* (Session: A21L)
Primary Convener: P Patra. Conveners: R Singh, H El-Askary & G Winckler

PALSEA2 Working Group

Thursday 17 December
Sea levels and ice sheets during past warm periods: looking the past to understand the future* (Session: PP43C)
Primary Convener: A Rovere. Convener: R Kopp III

Friday 18 December
Feedbacks on ice-sheet growth and decay during the last glacial cycle (Session: PP51C)
Primary Convener: J Clark. Conveners: F He, J Walker & G Sinclair

The PAGES 2k Network

Friday 18 December
Climate of the Common Era* (Session: PP51A)
Primary Convener: K Anchukaitis. Convener: J Smerdon

IGBP and Future Earth activities

Monday 14 December
Union Session: What’s the big deal about the Anthropocene? (Session: U12A)
Primary Convener: N Bondre. Conveners: J Syvitski, E Brondizio & O Gaffney

Tuesday 15 December
More bang for your buck: How does coordination add value to sustainability science? (Session: PA23A)
Primary Convener: T Kiefer. Conveners: K Smyth, N Bondre & J Emile-Geay

Future Earth

Tuesday 15 December
Science and the Sustainable Development Goals (Session: PA21C)
Primary Convener: C Togtokh. Conveners: D Ojima, T Yamagata & O Gaffney


Wednesday 16 December
Emiliani Lecture: Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology and Ocean Sciences (Session: PP32A)
PAGES Co-Chair, Alan Mix, of Oregon State University, has been awarded the honour of giving the Emiliani Lecture for his outstanding contributions to the field of paleoceanography. His lecture will be titled: Searching for tipping points in Pleistocene climate: Are they real? Are they portents for the future?

Thursday 17 December
Biogeochemical cycles in the past - long-term commitments in the future* (Session: PP43E)
Primary Convener: H Fischer. Conveners: B Hoenisch, L Menviel & E Brook

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