PAGES e-news vol. 2016, no.12


(12), 2016

PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2016, no. 12


1. PAGES 5th OSM deadlines 20 December
2. PAGES' co-chair Hubertus Fischer signs off

3. Floods Working Group metadata collection
4. New plan for data standards
5. PAGES Integrative Activities update
6. PAGES Working Group meetings and deadlines
7. Upcoming PAGES-supported meetings
8. PAGES at EGU 2017
9. Future Earth updates

10. WCRP updates
11. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates


1. PAGES 5th OSM deadlines 20 December

Abstracts and financial support requests for PAGES 5th Open Science Meeting are due 20 December.
The OSM will be held in Zaragoza, Spain, from 9-13 May 2017.
You must register for the OSM before submitting an abstract. Register here:
Financial support requests must be made during the registration process.
Access the list of proposed sessions here:

PAGES working group sessions at OSM:
i. 2k Network, Session 3: Regional and transregional climate variability over the last 2000 years
ii. Aquatic Transitions, Session 18: Human impact on global aquatic systems
iii. DICE, Session 31: Global Dust Deposition in Past, Present, and Future Climates
iv. Floods Working Group, Session 16: Multidisciplinary reconstruction of paleofloods
v. PALSEA2, Session 10: Ice-sheet and sea-level variability during late-Cenozoic warm periods
vi. PlioVAR, Session 13: Pliocene climate variability over glacial-interglacial timescales (PlioVAR)
vii. QUIGS, Session 11: Climate of Quaternary Interglacials from observations and model simulations
viii. VICS, Session 8: Volcanic eruptions: the thread connecting climate records, societal change and future climate projections?
ix. Joint initiative from GloSS, LandCover6k and Aquatic Transitions, Session 23: Regional syntheses of human-climate-environment interactions
x. Data Stewardship Integrative Activity, Session 26: Data Stewardship for paleoscience

PAGES working group meetings to be held in Zaragoza before, during or after the OSM:
i. 2k Network general meeting: 11 May
ii. Iso2k science team meeting: 14-15 May
iii. Floods Working Group annual meeting: 13 May
iv. GPWG2 general meeting: 12 May
v. LandCover6k general workshop: 16-17 May
vi. QUIGS meeting: 10 May
vii. VICS 2nd workshop: 9 May
viii. Extreme Events Integrative Activity: 10 May

Endorsed and affiliated group sessions at the OSM:
i. Varves Working Group, Session 20: From early human impacts to the Great Acceleration: A paleoscience perspective on the climate-landscape-human multiple connections; and Session 21: Sediment flux: Past peaks and troughs.
ii. Climate History Network, Session 7: Historical Climate Reconstruction and Impacts of the Common Era; and Session 8: Volcanic eruptions: the thread connecting climate records, societal change and future climate projections? The Max Weber Foundation will provide up to €650 to each of up to six researchers from the humanities selected to present at Session 8. Members in history and the humanities are encouraged to take advantage of this offer and submit an abstract of relevant research to this session. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. PAGES' co-chair Hubertus Fischer signs off

After six years as the co-chair of Past Global Changes, Hubertus Fischer rotates off the Scientific Steering Committee at the end of 2017. We take this opportunity to thank him again for all the work he has done in promoting PAGES' goals. Read about Fischer's challenges, highlights and future plans here:

3. Floods Working Group metadata collection

PAGES' Floods Working Group would like to assemble a worldwide overview of the existing (published) flood records based on historical or natural archives. This metadata collection will serve to promote all these records to a broad community (through the FWG website and at the OSM). It will also serve as a first step for the database project of the FWG and as a basis for a review paper on flood reconstructions. Read more and find out how to submit your findings here:

4. New plan for data standards

PAGES is pleased to collaborate with LinkedEarth on a grassroots effort to improve paleo data standards and encourages your involvement. Working on the theory that many hands make light work, even 15 minutes of your time can help. All details:

5. PAGES Integrative Activities update

Do you know about PAGES Integrative Activities (IAs)?
Four key themes have been identified to bring PAGES working groups and their findings closer together.
1. Data Stewardship:
2. Warmer Worlds:
3. Thresholds:
4. Extremes:
Some activities are currently more advanced than others, so please contact the leaders if you feel you can help contribute in this developmental phase.

6. PAGES Working Group meetings and deadlines

i. Aquatic Transitions:
South East Asia-Oceania workshop
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
15-17 February 2017
Expressions of interest deadline: 16 December 2016

ii. C-PEAT:
"TropPeat: Low-latitude peat-forming ecosystems: past, present, future" workshop
Honolulu, Hawaii
26-28 March 2017
Deadline: TBA

iii. EcoRe3:
1st Workshop "Measuring Components of Resilience in Long-term Ecological Datasets"
Bergen, Norway
27-31 March 2017
Application deadline: 27 January 2017

iv. Forest Dynamics:
1st Workshop
Løvenholm Castle, Jutland, Denmark
21-24 March 2017
Deadline: TBA

v. GloSS:
GloSS Database meeting
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
30 January-1 February 2017
Abstract deadline: 15 December

vi. Warmer Worlds:
PAGES Integrative Activity 1st workshop "Lessons learnt from paleoscience on a possible 1.5-2°C warmer world in the future"
Bern, Switzerland
5-7 April 2017
Deadline: 29 January 2017

7. Upcoming PAGES-supported meetings

i. Climate Change: The Karst Record VIII (KR8) Conference
Austin, Texas, USA
21-24 May 2017
Abstract deadline: 13 January 2017

ii. Toward a Global Synthesis of Stable Isotope Records from Speleothems
Dublin, Ireland
21-23 June 2017
Applications open now

iii. 10th International Carbon Dioxide Conference
Interlaken, Switzerland
21-25 August 2017
Abstract deadline: 28 February 2017

8. PAGES at EGU 2017

The next EGU General Assembly will be held in Vienna, Austria, from 23-28 April 2017.
Abstract deadline: 11 January 2017 (13:00 CET)

i. 2k Network: Studying the climate of the last two millennia (Session CL1.03)
ii. C-PEAT: Tropical Peatlands (Session BG2.5/SSS6.12)
iii. Floods Working Group: Flood and weather extremes of the past (Session CL1.25/AS4.26/HS2.4.5)

9. Future Earth updates

i. PAGES' guest scientist Erle Ellis conducted a Q&A session with Future Earth regarding his recent Nature comment piece about the Anthropocene. Access the paper and Q&A session here:

ii. Future Earth will have a new Executive Director in 2017:

iii. Watch the Future Earth Regional Workshop for Europe recording here:

10. WCRP updates

i. Help WCRP, PAGES' scientific partner, effectively target improvements in current communications. This survey takes 5-20 minutes, depending on how many questions answered. Deadline for responses is 15 January 2017.

ii. CLIVAR December Bulletin:

11. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates 

i. IPICS: a. Read the Climate of the Past special issue which resulted from the 2016 IPICS conference in Hobart, Australia:
b. Access the new White Paper "Terminations and seesaws: an ice core contribution to understanding orbital and millennial scale climate change" here:
Read more about IPICS here:

ii. HistoricalClimatology: a. Tim Newfield writes about the difficulty of linking climate changes to food shortages and famines in medieval Europe:
b. An article from Dagomar Degroot discusses the causes and social consequences of catastrophic cooling in the sixth-century AD:

iii. Climate History Network: A reminder that the new URL is


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