The PAGES (Past Global Changes) project is an international effort to coordinate and promote past global change research. The primary objective is to improve our understanding of past changes in the Earth system in order to improve projections of future climate and environment, and inform strategies for sustainability. ... more
- Published: Wednesday, 18 January 2017 16:35
Read about the latest PAGES' news, meetings and opportunities from around the world in this month's e-news.
- Published: Monday, 16 January 2017 16:29
A report from the Floods Working Group's first interdisciplinary workshop on past flood variability was published in Eos last Friday.
"Using Archives of Past Floods to Estimate Future Flood Hazards" discusses using historical documents and natural archives (including alluvial, marine and lake sediments, tree rings and cave formations) provided by hydrological instruments back through the Holocene period or beyond.
Access the workshop report here.
The workshop was held in Grenoble, France, in June 2016. Access the post-meeting material here.
Learn more about the Floods Working Group and join the mailing list here.
- Published: Monday, 16 January 2017 15:34
Members of PAGES' Aquatic Transitions working group discuss the importance of understanding how lake systems have and will continue to function when subjected to multiple stressors, in a paper recently published in WIREs Water.
Written by Keely Mills et. al, "Deciphering long-term records of natural variability and human impact as recorded in lake sediments: a palaeolimnological puzzle" explains how a paleolimnological approach is a powerful tool for better understanding and managing global aquatic resources.
Lake sediments are an important archive of how drivers have changed through time, and how these impacts manifest in lake systems. Paleolimnological archives offer the only insight into both natural variability (i.e. driven by climate and intrinsic lake processes) and the impact of people.
Access the paper here.
Read more about the Aquatic Transitions working group and sign up for their mailing list here.
- Published: Tuesday, 20 December 2016 09:45
Deadline extended! Submit abstracts and request financial support to attend PAGES 5th Open Science Meeting by 9 January 2017.
Find the proposed session which best suits your abstract here.
You must register for the OSM before submitting an abstract. Register here.
Financial support requests need to be made during the registration process.
PAGES 5th OSM will be held in Zaragoza, Spain, from 9-13 May 2017.
The 3rd Young Scientists Meeting precedes the event (7-9 May) and will be held in Morillo de Tou, north of Zaragoza.
Read all about the OSM and YSM here.
- Published: Thursday, 15 December 2016 15:24
Members of PAGES' North America 2k (NAm2k) working group analyzed 510 North American borehole temperature–depth profiles to study recent climate changes. The mean North American ground surface temperature history suggests a warming of 1.8 °C between preindustrial times and 2000 AD.
The findings from Fernando Jaume-Santero et al. are discussed in the paper "North American regional climate reconstruction from ground surface temperature histories", which was published yesterday in Climate of the Past.
A regional analysis, composed of mean temperature changes over the last 500 years and geographical maps of ground surface temperatures, show that all regions experienced warming, but this warming is not spatially uniform and is more marked in northern regions.
This is the first published article in the PAGES 2k Network phase 2 synthesis special issue of Climate of the Past.
Access the paper here.
- Published: Thursday, 15 December 2016 09:05
Past Global Changes Magazine vol. 24 (2)
The latest issue of Past Global Changes Magazine, "Climate Change and Cultural Evolution", is now available to read and download.
This issue aims to highlight how social decisions in the face of environmental change had long-lasting consequences for the evolution and development of prehistoric societies.