PAGES e-news vol. 2016, no.8


(8), 2016

PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2016, no. 8
NEW DOMAIN REMINDER: Please use and replace old bookmarks.


1. PAGES 5th OSM and 3rd YSM
2. PAGES Town Hall at the CLIVAR Open Science Conference
3. Participate in 2016 GCOS Implementation Plan
4. Working Group updates and meeting deadlines
5. Other PAGES-supported meeting deadlines
6. Upcoming paleo conferences
7. Recent PAGES' products

8. INQUA: 2017 Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal
9. Call for EGU session proposals
10. Future Earth updates

11. WCRP updates
12. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

NEW DOMAIN REMINDER: Please use and replace old bookmarks.

1. PAGES 5th OSM and 3rd YSM

A reminder that registration and abstract submissions are now open for PAGES 5th Open Science Meeting (OSM) in Zaragoza, Spain, May 2017, and applications are open for the 3rd Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) in Morillo de Tou.
Register for the OSM here:
More than 30 sessions have been confirmed. Access the list of sessions here:
Apply for the YSM here (competitive selection process):

2. PAGES Town Hall at the CLIVAR Open Science Conference

The CLIVAR Open Science Conference, titled "Charting the course for climate and ocean research" will take place in Qingdao, China, from 18-25 September. PAGES will host a Town Hall on Tuesday 20 September (Session 2) from 18:00-19:00 in the Hyatt Ballroom No.3.

PAGES invites participants to discuss common questions among the paleo, present day and future climate communities with the objective to strengthen the linkages between ongoing research in WCRP and PAGES.

Interactions on the following topics are anticipated: long-term ocean variability, linkages between the hydrological cycle, climate trends and variability, the characterization and analyses of extreme events, and emerging constraints from the past that can contribute to assess the credibility of future projections.

PAGES' Executive Director Marie-France Loutre would like to (1) hear, in advance, from anyone who is attending the CLIVAR meeting; (2) call on any volunteers to give a brief talk (a few minutes, 1 slide) during the Town Hall; and (3) collect any suggestions/topics/issues related to the PAGES-WCRP partnership for discussion during the Town Hall. Email her at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

3. Participate in 2016 GCOS Implementation Plan

Participate in the public review of the new 2016 Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Implementation Plan, "The Global Observing System for Climate: Implementation Needs".

This new implementation plan aims to guide climate observations over the next 10 years, meeting the needs of the UNFCCC, adaptation planning, climate services and climate science. Following approval by the GCOS steering committee, a final version will be submitted to the UNFCCC for COP22.

Anyone interested in climate observations is invited to comment on this draft. Previous GCOS implementation plans have guided major investments in observational systems (for example satellite systems and international cooperation on ocean systems). All reviewers contributing comments will be credited in the final report.

The review is open for public review until 5 September. The review draft and instructions on how to submit comments can be found at:

4. Working Group updates and meeting deadlines

i. Climate Variability Across Scales (CVAS)

1st CVAS workshop - "What do we know about multicentennial, multimillenial variability?"
Hamburg, Germany
28-30 November 2016
Registration deadline: 31 August

ii. Global Paleofire 2 (GPWG2)

a. The group will hold the "Fire history baselines by biomes" workshop in Beguey, France, from 25-29 September:

b. "Natural and human-driven fire regime and early land-cover changes in Central and Eastern Europe" workshop
Frankfurt am Main, Germany
5-8 December 2016
Registration deadline: 15 September

iii. LandCover6k

LandCover6k has a presence at the 4th Landscape Archaeology Conference in Uppsala, Sweden, from 23-25 August 2016.


The 4th PALSEA2 meeting will be held in Mt Hood, Oregon, USA, from 25-29 September:

 v. PlioVAR

A short PlioVAR meeting will be held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 2 September 2016:

vi. VICS

Save the date! 2nd VICS workshop takes place 8 May 2017 in Zaragoza, Spain, prior to PAGES 5th OSM:

5. Other PAGES-supported meeting deadlines

i. Workshop on the Coevolution of Climate, Population and Food Systems in North and South America
Logan, Utah, USA
8-11 November 2016
Registration deadline: 20 August

ii. 5th West Africa Quaternary Research Association (WAQUA) training session
Bamako, Mali
26- 30 September 2016
Registration deadline: 31 August

6. Upcoming paleo conferences

i. AFQUA 2017
The 2nd International Conference of The African Quaternary: Environments, Ecology and Humans
Ifrane, Morocco
Late September 2017
The goal of AFQUA is to bridge the gap between local and international meetings and maximize the potential for researchers working in Africa. Read more:

ii. Extreme Climate Event Impacts on Aquatic Biogeochemical Cycles and Fluxes
San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA
22-27 January 2017
Abstract submissions for this AGU Chapman Conference close 21 September. Read more:

7. Recent PAGES' products

i. GPWG2:
a. Hantson S et al. published a workshop report, titled "Fire in the Earth System – bridging data and modelling research" in BAMS 97 (6).

b. Jennifer Marlon et al. published "Reconstructions of biomass burning from sediment-charcoal records to improve data–model comparisons" in Biogeosciences 13 (11).

8. INQUA: 2017 Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal

Nominations for the 2017 Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal (awarded to an early-career scientist normally less than 40 years of age or, if older, within eight years of completing their first PhD project) close 21 September. Candidates may be working in any branch of Quaternary science.
Further information at:
Application form at:

9. Call for EGU session proposals

The next EGU General Assembly 2017 (EGU2017) will be held again at the Austria Center Vienna from 23-28 April 2017. Take an active part in organizing the scientific program of the conference. Deadline: 9 September.

10. Future Earth updates

i. Applications are open for the Future Earth Science and Engagement Committees. Deadline: 11 September.
Apply to the Future Earth Science Committee:
Apply to the Future Earth Engagement Committee:

ii. Interested in Ocean Science? Take a survey to further develop the Future Earth Oceans Knowledge-Action Network (KAN) & Belmont Forum CRA. First read about Oceans KAN here: … then take the survey here:

iii. Newly released research highlights from Core Projects:

iv. In Berlin in February, workshop participants discussed how communities are dealing with extreme events like floods and droughts. Read the blog article here:

v. Future Earth is partnering with START, the Leopold Leadership Program, and researchers at the University of Colorado - Boulder in a short survey about building sustainability science leadership capacity, to understand the skills, tools, competencies, and other capacities that researchers need in order to construct usable knowledge for sustainable development. The results will be used to design new capacity-building programs and to inform funding communities, research institutions, and partners in other sectors about where the needs lie. Take the survey (approx. 10-15 minutes) here:

vi. The Future Earth-PROVIA-IPCC scientific workshop, titled “Integrating science across the IPCC on climate risk and sustainable solutions: Lessons learned from AR5 to support AR6” will be held from 29-31 August 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.

vii. A recent Massive Open Online Course shows the potential of technology to immerse learners in new environments – such as deep below the surface of the ocean. Read the latest blog article in the "Mobilising for sustainability" series.

11. WCRP updates

i. The 4th MedCLIVAR conference will take place from 26-30 September 2016 in Athens, Greece. Late poster submissions accepted until 21 August. More info at:
Read the latest MedCLIVAR newsletter here:

ii. Call for nominations to SPARC's Scientific Steering Group (SSG): The SSG is currently comprised of 14 researchers from around the world with a wide range of expertise in atmospheric dynamics and chemistry. Deadline for nominations is 30 September

iii. Call for nominations for WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development 2016: WCRP and the World Weather Research Programme (WWRP) seek nominations by 1 October. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to weather and climate model development by an early- to mid-career researcher.

iv. Call for nominations for the first WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize 2016: WCRP and the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) seek nominations by 1 October. The prize, awarded annually to an early- to mid-career researcher for his or her outstanding contribution to the Earth system science community, may honour achievements in data product generation, data management, data preservation, data monitoring, and other data relevant activities.

12. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. IODP: The International Ocean Discovery Program is calling for scientific ocean drilling proposals in line with the IODP Science Plan Illuminating Earth’s Past, Present, and Future ( Proposal deadline 3 October.
More information at: and

ii. Part 2 of the interview with Valerie Masson-Delmotte, lead coordinating author for Working Group One, the Physical Scientific Basis, in the IPCC's upcoming sixth assessment report, is now available to read here:


PAGES - Past Global Changes  |  International Project Office
Falkenplatz 16, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
P: +41 31 631 56 11  |  F: +41 31 631 56 06  
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  |
Follow PAGES news:  |
To unsubscribe from PAGES e-news, reply to this email with UNSUBSCRIBE in subject line.
To unsubscribe from all PAGES correspondence, including PAGES Magazine, reply to this email with UNSUBSCRIBE ALL in subject line.

Category: e-news