PAGES e-news vol. 2019, no.1


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2019, no. 1


1. Linking to PAGES website
2. Host PAGES 2021 OSM/YSM - apply by 28 Feb
3. Apply to be on our SSC - deadline 14 Feb
4. Propose a new PAGES working group - deadline 14 Feb
5. Apply for workshop/meeting support - deadline 14 Feb
6. End of an era for PAGES and US NSF
7. Working Group news
8. Recent products
9. PAGES Early-Career Network updates
10. Working Group meetings and deadlines
11. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings
12. Paleo content in IPCC WG1 AR6
13. Major funding opportunity for ocean sustainability
14. Future Earth updates
15. WCRP updates
16. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates


1. Linking to PAGES website

Help spread the word! PAGES kindly requests that if you mention PAGES or a PAGES working group on your own webpages you include a link to the relevant PAGES website page. As a reminder, PAGES domain name is

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. Apply to be on our SSC - deadline 14 Feb

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 17:00 CET:

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. End of an era for PAGES and US NSF

From 2019, PAGES will no longer be supported financially by the US National Science Foundation. PAGES acknowledges and thanks the US NSF for their long-standing commitment to PAGES’ goals. Since the US financial support began in 1991, PAGES has been able to connect paleoscientists from around the world via our working groups and supported the running of, and scientists’ attendance at, hundreds of workshops and conferences. Benefits from this relationship will continue to be felt into the future.

Financial support from the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) has been secured for the IPO for the coming years. PAGES activities will continue and efforts are underway to seek new ideas and sources of support for existing and emerging initiatives and to expand our funding base among international partners.

7. Working Group news

i. 2k Network: Group coordinators created a Phase 3 overview poster for the AGU which shows details of the various projects. Find it on the group's home page:

ii. LandCover6k: a. The group will conduct a workshop in connection with the 20th INQUA Congress in Dublin, Ireland (25-31 July 2019; It will be for one or two days before or during the congress; final dates have not yet been decided. All LandCover6k members attending the congress are welcome to participate in the workshop. Contact M-J Gaillard: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The group is organizing the session "114R The deep history of global land use change – needs and potentials for earth system modelling and understanding of socio-ecological systems" at the Global Land Programme OSM from 24-26 April 2019, Bern, Switzerland:
c. The LandCover6k General Workshop will be held in Philadelphia, USA, tentatively sometime during the period of 21-25 October 2019. More information to follow. Contact Kathy Morrison: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
d. The group's next workshop "European Land-use at 6000BP: transforming on-site data to land use units distributed in space" takes place 28-30 January in Hemmenhofen, Germany (see point 10 below).

iii. PALSEA: a. Abstract submission for the 2019 PALSEA workshop "Using ecological and chronological data to improve proxy-based paleo sea level reconstructions" 21-23 July at Trinity College, Dublin (just prior to the INQUA Congress) is now open (see point 10 below).
b. Working group members were interviewed in a recent Science paper:

iv. PlioVAR: a. Plans are underway for the PlioVAR marine synthesis paper to be released in 2019. This work is being driven by Erin McClymont, Heather Ford and Sze Ling Ho, with contributions from the regional synthesis leaders. Updates will continue to be made to the online database, but if you have new data or publications which have emerged in recent months or which will come out during 2019, please contact the group leaders so it can be included into the synthesis work:
b. Please also note that although PlioVAR will shortly officially end as a PAGES working group, group leaders are hoping to keep this informal network active to circulate items of interest. PlioVAR will also have a short meeting at ICP in Sydney in September (see point 11 below), for those who plan to attend.

v. SISAL: Feedback on the following preprints of the SISAL special issue of Quaternary is welcome:
a. Oster J, Warken S, Sekhon N, Arienzo M, Lachniet M. Speleothem Paleoclimatology for the Caribbean, Central America, and North America. Preprints 2019:
b. Kern Z, Demény A, Hatvani IG. Speleothem Stable Isotope Records from Eastern Europe & Turkey. Preprints 2018:

8. Recent products

i. 2k Network: Pao K. Wang et al. published "Construction of the REACHES climate database based on historical documents of China" in Scientific Data:

ii. PALSEA: a. A new contribution from Yusuke Yokoyama et al. to the group's special issue of Quaternary Science Reviews looks at Holocene Indian Ocean sea level, Antarctic melting history and past Tsunami deposits inferred using sea level reconstructions from the Sri Lankan, Southeastern Indian and Maldivian coasts:
b. A recent contribution to Quaternary Science Reviews "Balancing the last glacial maximum (LGM) sea-level budget" benefited from discussions with the broader PALSEA community:

iii. SISAL: The following papers in the "Speleothem Records and Climate" Special Issue of Quaternary are now available:
a. Franziska Lechleitner et al. "The Potential of Speleothems from Western Europe as Recorders of Regional Climate: A Critical Assessment of the SISAL Database":
b. Nikita Kaushal et al. "The Indian Summer Monsoon from a Speleothem δ18O Perspective—A Review":

9. 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 (technically 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. All details:

c. The Early Pages Blog: i. Pre-Columbian indigenous peoples in the Amazon basin had more impact on forests than previously thought. In a new post, Yoshi Maezumi explains how pre-Columbians used fire to manage land, what that means for today's science, and what it can teach us about the future:
ii. The last post of 2018 was an inspiring one: In the second year of her PhD, Beth Francis was diagnosed with chronic migraine, a debilitating chronic illness. Determined to regain control over her life and finish her PhD, Beth and her partner Andy turned to the cold sea and recorded the effect a daily swim would have on her health and pain levels:
iii. The Early Pages is looking for short experience pieces on career gaps in academia and science. If you have had gaps between contracts and are happy to share that experience with the community (e.g. how you bridged those gaps, odd or relevant jobs you might have had, and what you learned from it), please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
iv. The Early Pages blog is now on Twitter:

d. ECN contribution to IPCC AR6: PAGES ECN is co-organizing the early-career effort to produce a group review of the upcoming IPCC AR6 report and would like to invite you to participate in the review process. The deadline for registration is 1 March 2019 (23:59 GMT). All details:

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

10.  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. 2k Network Iso2k project:
Mini-Retreat: Write-A-Thon #3
Online meeting
23 January 2019

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

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

v. ECN (PAGES Early-Career Network):
Funding starts here - Grant writing for early-career researchers
Prague, Czech Republic
26-29 May 2019
Registration deadline: 15 February

vi. 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

vii. 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

viii. PALSEA:
Using ecological and chronological data to improve proxy-based paleo sea level reconstructions
Dublin, Ireland
21-23 July 2019
Abstract deadline: 27 February at 23:59 GMT
Registration deadline: 18 April

ix. 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

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

xi. 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. Digital Archaeology: Quantitative approaches, spatial statistics and socioecological modelling colloquium
Bern, Switzerland
4-6 February 2019

ii. Past plant diversity, climate change and mountain conservation
Cuenca, Ecuador
11-15 March 2019
Abstract deadline: 5 February

iii. CLIMATE-12k workshop: How hot was the Holocene?
Sainte-Croix, Switzerland
10-13 June 2019

iv. 2019 Summer School on Speleothem Science (S4)
Cluj-Napoca, Romania
11-17 August 2019
Application deadline: 15 March

v. PaleoENSO workshop
Belitung Island, Indonesia
25-30 August 2019

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

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. Paleo content in IPCC WG1 AR6

Paleoclimatology is fundamental to understanding the climate system, and is an important part of the IPCC’s assessment of climate science. Likewise, the IPCC’s assessment provides an avenue for the paleoscience community to highlight its essential role in climate science. This announcement is to inform paleoclimate scientists about a developing summary of large-scale paleoclimate indicators, and to solicit input to this product for AR6. All details:

13. 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:

14. 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. Read the November/December Future Earth Newsletter:

15. WCRP updates

i. WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development: The 2018 WCRP/WWRP International Prize for Model Development has been awarded to Dr Thomas Melvin from the UK Met Office; and the 2018 WCRP/GCOS International Data Prize has been awarded to Dr Paul Durack (Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, USA):

ii. Subscribe to the WCRP Newsletter:

iii. Read the CLIVAR January 2019 Bulletin:

16. 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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