29.05 - 01.06.2017  
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Contact person:
Hugues Goosse, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PAGES' Paleoclimate Reanalyses, Data Assimilation and Proxy System modeling (DAPS) working group will hold its first workshop in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, from 29 May to 1 June 2017.

The workshop is titled "Proxy system modeling and data assimilation in paleosciences."


The workshop will be held at Université catholique de Louvain and will be semi-open. Half of the expected 30 participants will be essential invitees identified to fulfill the goals of the workshop. The remaining places are left open for participants asking for an invitation based on relevant expertise or interest in the subject.


The first part of the workshop will consist of review talks by experts on data assimilation, modern and paleo reanalyses, and on the comparison of model results and different types of data (over land and in the oceans) using models representing directly the observed variables. Some discussions will be planned to identify the main issues to be solved and the best opportunities for the coming years.

In the second part, training will be provided, including some practical activities on computers using proxy system models and simple data assimilation routines. Code repositories currently exist and workshop participants will be encouraged to deposit a versioned code on such repositories to facilitate joined activities, to encourage new users to develop applications and stimulate collaborations. This will be achieved in preparation for the workshop and as a legacy of the activity. This second part mainly targets young scientists and senior scientists who do not have experience yet in the domain, but would like to apply some of the techniques in their work.

Workshop aims

The workshop will have two main goals. The first is to propose an overview of current activities in Paleoclimate Reanalyses, Data Assimilation and Proxy System modeling. The second will be to stimulate new activities in those fields and identify the topics where rapid progresses can be obtained. Key examples of application (existing or that can be developed on short term) that demonstrate the interest of the approaches and can be used easily by a wider group of scientists will also be identified.

Expressions of interest

The group is making an open call for expressions of interest to participate in this first DAPS meeting. The first 2.5 days will be devoted to review talks and discussions while the last 1.5 days will involve practical exercises, primarily targeted to early-career scientists, and will illustrate applications of data assimilation and proxy system modeling.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please provide information on the next few points before 31 January to workshop organizer Hugues Goosse: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

a) Name, and affiliation
b) Your position (in particular if you are an early-career scientist, i.e. PhD student or PhD completion less than 5 years ago).
c) Why would you be interested to participate and/or contribute to the workshop (2-3 lines max).
d) Interest in participating in the training session. If so, indicate if you are familiar with UNIX systems, Fortran, Matlab, Python, or R.
e) We are thankful for the support of PAGES to organize the workshop. Would you require funding or would you be able to participate in the workshop without support? Available funds are very limited. Early-career scientists and scientists from developing nations will receive priority.

All applications will be reviewed on the basis of the potential contribution to the workshop and availability of funds. Outcome notifications will be sent before 15 February.

Further information

Go to the DAPS homepage or contact Hugues Goosse: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.