PAGES e-news vol. 2017, no.10


(10), 2017

PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2017, no. 10


1. IPCC AR6 - Nominations via Future Earth due 23 Oct
2. New working group and meeting support deadlines 23 Oct
3. Recent PAGES products
4. PAGES Working Group news

. PAGES Working Group meetings and deadlines
6. PAGES-supported meetings
7. Guest scientists at PAGES IPO
8. Former PAGES co-chair achieves D-O-uble delight
9. Are your People Database details up to date?
10. LinkedEarth survey - complete by 10 Nov
11. AGU and EGU updates
. Future Earth updates
13. WCRP updates
14. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates
15. Other relevant information


1. IPCC AR6 - Nominations via Future Earth due 23 Oct

If you missed the chance to be nominated by PAGES as an IPCC AR6 Lead Author, Coordinating Lead Author and Expert Reviewer for the IPCC's 6th Assessment Report (AR6) (our deadline was 14 October), there is still the chance to be nominated via Future Earth.

Check the agreed chapter outlines for Working Group I, Working Group II and Working Group III (access the outlines and related nomination forms here: and submit your nomination suggestion to Kaela Slavik: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Send her a short CV (PDF format, strictly less than 4 pages) together with the completed form by 23.59 CET 23 October.

The IPCC seeks young scientists and scientists from less-favored countries. The IPCC covers the costs for LA/CLA/ER attending the IPCC meeting for the south. For the north the costs are covered either by the government or the individual institution.

2. New working group and meeting support deadlines 23 Oct

If you have already advised an SSC member that you intend to submit a new working group proposal (open call) or application for workshop support (current PAGES working groups only), this is a reminder to submit the full application by 23 October. All details here: and here:

3. Recent PAGES products

i. LandCover6k: a) "Relative pollen productivity estimates for major plant taxa of cultural landscapes in central eastern China", by Li Furong et al. in Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, estimate relative pollen productivity for plant taxa characteristic of human-induced vegetation in ancient cultural landscapes of the low mountain ranges of Shandong province in eastern temperate China:

b) Laurent Marquer et al. published "Quantifying the effects of land use and climate on Holocene vegetation in Europe" in Quaternary Science Reviews:

c) Zsolt Pinke et al. published "Climate of doubt: A re-evaluation of Büntgen and Di Cosmo’s environmental hypothesis for the Mongol withdrawal from Hungary, 1242 CE" in Scientific Reports:

d) Mats Widgren Mats acknowledged help from the working group in his paper "Agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa by 1800: a map and a gazetteer". In Mercuri AM, D'Andrea AC, Fornaciari R, Höhn A. (eds.) Plants and People in the African Past - Progress in African Archaeobotany (in press), SPRINGER, with data (incl. shape files) at

ii. PAGES 3rd Young Scientists Meeting: Vachel Carter et al. published a report in Earth & Space Science News (EoS):

iii. QUIGS: Emilie Capon et al. published "Critical evaluation of climate syntheses to benchmark CMIP6/PMIP4 127 ka Last Interglacial simulations in the high-latitude regions" in Quaternary Science Reviews:

iv. VICS: Yesterday, working group members published "Volcanic suppression of the Nile summer flood triggers revolt and constrains interstate conflict in ancient Egypt" in Nature Communications. All details, including extensive media coverage:

4. PAGES Working Group news

i. 2k Network: a) The PAGES 2k Network temperature database and paper in Scientific Data is still attracting attention. Recent press release from Concordia University, Canada:
b) Climate variability in Antarctica and Southern Hemisphere in the past 2000 years (CLIVASH2k), one of the new 2k projects, now has a web presence. Find out more and join:

ii. EcoRe3: The group's second workshop, planned for Utah, USA, in January 2018, has been postponed until later in the year. A new date will be advised as soon as possible. Learn more about EcoRe3:

iii. Floods: a) Have you added your flood metadata? The group would like to get a worldwide overview of the existing (published) flood records based on historical or natural archives and plans to publish the list soon.
b) A new map of the metadata is available here:

iv. LandCover6k: Read the 2016-2017 update from the working group leaders here:

v. SISAL: The working group is closing data entry on 31 December 2017 for what will be SISAL_v1, a database to be published next year. For types of data/isotopic records from speleothems to be included, go to: Contact your SISAL regional coordinators for information on how to add your data:

5. PAGES Working Group meetings and deadlines

i. CVAS:
2nd workshop: Understanding and modeling space-time Holocene climate variability
Potsdam, Germany
25-27 October 2017

ii. DICE:
The Role of Dust in Climate Change: A biogeochemistry perspective workshop
Las Cruces, Chile
8-10 January 2018
Registration deadline: 12 November

iii. GPWG2:
African Fire History and Fire Ecology: Building Understanding and Capacity through Collaboration and Knowledge Exchange
April 2018 (dates TBC)
Nairobi, Kenya
Deadlines: TBA

iv. PALSEA2:
5th workshop: Phasing of ice sheet and sea-level responses to past climate change
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
6-9 November 2017

v. VICS:
3rd workshop: Progress in Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society
Tucson, AZ, USA
12-14 January 2018

6. PAGES-supported meetings

i. Following the PAGES-supported meeting "The Rise and Fall: Environmental Factors in the Socio-Cultural Changes of the Ancient Silk Road Area", Springer will publish an edited volume book by April 2018. So far, 18 full papers from participants are under review. Five additional papers are called for, open to those interested in the topic but unable to attend the workshop.

The proposed book title is "Socio-environmental dynamics along the historic Silk Road." The contents are grouped into 5-6 subtopics with 4-5 papers each. Submit abstracts by 31 October. The full paper should be submitted by 31 December. Contact Liang Yang: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ii. Fire Predications Across Scales
New York, USA
23-25 October 2017

iii. Climate change in Africa: Evidence, Mechanisms and Impacts, Past and Present
Marrakesh, Morocco
6-11 November 2017

iv. 2nd AFQUA International Conference
Nairobi, Kenya
14-22 July 2018
Deadline for session and workshop proposals: 15 November 2017

7. Guest scientists at PAGES IPO

PAGES welcomes two guest scientists in the coming weeks. Giri Kattel will be in Bern until 21 October, working on Aquatic Transitions projects. Read more:

From 30 October, Scott St George will work on 2k Network projects, and will also give a lecture "Expecting the unexpected: The relevance of old floods to modern hydrology", at Colloquium in Climatology, Climate Impact & Remote Sensing, run by the Institute of Geography, Bern Uni, on 1 November from 14:15, seminar room 310, Hallerstrasse 10, Bern, Switzerland.

8. Former PAGES co-chair achieves D-O-uble delight

PAGES congratulates former co-chair Hubertus Fischer on being awarded the 2018 Hans Oeschger Medal, which will be presented at the EGU 2018 General Assembly in Austria in April, and the Willi Dansgaard Award, which will be presented at the AGU Fall Meeting in New Orleans in December. Read more:

9. Are your People Database details up to date?

Have you recently moved or changed institutions? Help us keep the People Database up to date by adding your new contact details here:

10. LinkedEarth survey - complete by 10 Nov

The LinkedEarth team is asking for inputs from the paleoclimate community regarding metadata and data standards. Anyone who provides their name and affiliation will be made a co-author on the resulting standard publication. If you want your voice heard, fill out the survey by 10 November:

11. AGU and EGU updates

i: AGU: The 2017 Fall Meeting takes place in New Orleans, USA, from 11-15 December 2017. It is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world.

PAGES sessions:
2k Network - PP009: Climate of the Common Era
DICE - PP037: Spatial and temporal variability of dust emissions and transport: a reference framework from paleodust archives
PALSEA2 - G003: Coastal Sea-level Rise and Isostatic Adjustment
All details:

ii. EGU: The General Assembly 2018 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) takes place in Vienna, Austria, from 8-13 April 2018. Important dates: Deadline for support applications - 1 December; Outcome of support selection - 22 December; Abstract deadline - 10 January 2018.

PAGES sessions:
2k Network - CL1.02: Studying the climate of the last two millennia
Floods Working Group & Extremes IA - CL1.03: Flood and weather extremes of the past
CoralHydro2k - CL1.08: Tropical coral archives – Reconstructions of climate and environment beyond the instrumental record at society-relevant timescales
DAPS - CL1.18: Proxy system modelling and data assimilation in paleoclimatology
PALSEA - IE2.4/NH5.7/CL4.18/GD11.7/OS2.14: Sea-Level Changes from Minutes to Millennia (co-organized)
VICS - IE2.3/AS3.10/CL4.22/GMPV6.4/NH2.2: Characterizing, understanding and predicting the radiative effects and the climatic impacts of major volcanic eruptions (co-organized)
All details:

12. Future Earth updates

i. Have you seen the Future Earth magazine Anthropocene? Become a supporting member by 31 December to double your impact:

13. WCRP updates

i. Read the CLIVAR October Bulletin:

14. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. Climate History Network: a) Co-founder and co-director Sam White's new book "A Cold Welcome - The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter with North America" has been published:
b) Stefan Grab will convene the EGU 2018 session CL1.01 Historical Climatology:

15. Other relevant information

The Belmont Forum and BiodivERsA are pleased to announce the launch of their joint call on the following theme: Scenarios of biodiversity and ecosystem services. The call is planned to be launched in October 2017, with a closing date in December 2017. The indicative global budget for this call is for more than 25 million Euro: More details under "Open calls" section: or on the BiodivERsA site:


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