PAGES e-news vol. 2021, no. 6


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news vol. 2021, no. 6


1. PAGES 30th anniversary issue of Past Global Changes Magazine
2. Previous issues of Past Global Changes Magazine
3. New PAGES-IAI Fellowship Program

4. Next deadlines for PAGES applications - 20 September
5. PAGES' 6th OSM & 4th YSM in May 2022
6. Working group news
7. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)
8. Recent products
9. Supported and endorsed workshops, and endorsed and affiliated groups' news
10. Future Earth
11. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
12. Other news and opportunities


1. PAGES 30th anniversary issue of Past Global Changes Magazine

30 years of PAGES: Past - Present - Future: This issue of Past Global Changes Magazine celebrates the 30th anniversary of the PAGES project. Since its formation in 1991, PAGES has been at the forefront of paleoscience research. Here we present both a retrospective look at the past 30 years, and also look to the future. There is also a special section led by the PAGES Early-Career Network:

2. Previous issues of Past Global Changes Magazine

a. If you are missing the hard copy of the 2020 issue "Past Plant Diversity and Conservation" please contact the IPO (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Delivery of this issue was problematic because of COVID-19 postal disruptions to some countries. Access the online version:
b. The Climate Reconstruction and Impacts from the Archives of Societies (CRIAS) working group's issue, "Climate Reconstruction and Impacts from the Archives of Societies" which was published in November 2020, has now been printed and posted to the hard-copy subscribers. The printing was delayed because of COVID-19 postal disruptions. If you would like a hard copy, please contact the IPO. Access the online version:

3. New PAGES-IAI Fellowship Program

PAGES and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) are pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity for Latin American and Caribbean early-career scientists.

The International Mobility Research Fellowship Program supports Latin American and Caribbean early-career scientists pursuing international research experience in paleoscience. It will cover the costs associated with travel and living expenses while abroad. This program, which will run for a minimum of two years, will support up to six fellowships per year.

The call for applications is now open. Fellowships will be awarded for a short duration (one to three months) and must be used within 12 months. The deadline for applications is 30 September at 23:00 UYT (02:00 UTC 1 October):

4. Next deadlines for PAGES applications - 20 September

The next call for applications for new PAGES working groups, financial support to hold a workshop or meeting, and the PAGES working group Data Stewardship Scholarship closes 20 September. You must contact a PAGES SSC member at least two weeks before the deadline to advise them of your plans.

Information about creating a new working group:
Information about applying for financial support to conduct a workshop or meeting from April 2022 onwards:
Information for PAGES working groups on applying for a Data Stewardship Scholarship for your group (this opportunity is only for official PAGES working groups):

5. PAGES' 6th OSM & 4th YSM in May 2022

PAGES' 6th Open Science Meeting (OSM) and 4th Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) will be held in May 2022 in Agadir, Morocco. The new tentative dates are YSM: 15-17 May 2022; OSM: 17-21 May 2022. Field trips start from 22 May.

The events were postponed from May 2021 because of coronavirus health and travel restrictions. These tentative dates will be reassessed again in August, when we'll hopefully have a better idea of how the situation is unfolding. Keep up to date with all announcements and find out more about the program:

6. Working group news

i. Mailing lists
Did you know all PAGES working groups have designated mailing lists? Stay up to date directly. Access details for all mailing lists here:

ii. 2k Network:
a. The 2k Network has launched a new seminar series. The next seminar will be on 22 July with Georgy Falster. Free to join: See point 8 for the link to recordings of previous seminars.
b. PAGES 2k data were used in a recent Nature Communications paper, by Ulf Büntgen et al., which reports the results of a double-blind experiment that yielded 15 Northern Hemisphere summer temperature reconstructions from a common network of regional tree-ring-width datasets. See point 8 for all details.
c. CLIVASH2k: The call for papers is now open for the second special issue in Geoscience "Climate Variability in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere over the Last Millennia Volume 2". Deadline for manuscript submissions is 15 December 2021:

iii. Arctic Cryosphere Change and Coastal Marine Ecosystems (ACME):
a. Save the date! The postponed 2020 workshop "Towards reliable proxy-based reconstructions: community perspectives and criteria for the ACME database" will be held from 25-27 October 2021 in Tvärminne, Finland, and also online. One of the main ACME goals is to build a community-refined database for proxies commonly used for environmental reconstructions in Arctic coastal and fjord environments. This hybrid workshop aims to define proxy criteria and a conceptual database structure:
b. Status update: Shortly after the ACME WG was launched in 2020, leaders undertook an anonymous community survey and had a dedicated session at EGU 2020, CR 7.1 Cryosphere Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems and Biogeochemical Cycling, co-organized by Ocean Sciences, Cryosphere Sciences and Biogeosciences. The main results of the community survey have been incorporated in an invited review that the steering group have recently written titled "The potential of palaeoecology to predict the future of coastal marine ecosystems in the rapidly changing Arctic" which is in review in the journal Anthropocene. Leaders will keep you updated on the status of this publication where ACME members and anonymous survey participants will be duly acknowledged. They will also discuss the main findings of this survey at the workshop (point a., above), as a starting point for further discussions.

iv. Carbon in Peat on EArth through Time (C-PEAT):
a. Peatland Pavilion at COP26 in Glasgow, UK, November 2021: C-PEAT has put in a bid to be a part of the Global Peatland Initiative's Peatland Pavilion. Group leaders Julie Loisel and Angela Gallego-Sala proposed four activities that aim to familiarize the public with the importance of peatlands as paleo-archives, peatland degradation, and peat-carbon protection as a nature-based climate solution. Some funding has been provided by PAGES to help develop the proposed activities. Depending on the leaders' resources, they might ask for small favors from a few C-PEAT volunteers, including sending them peat samples from your country. Updates will be provided next month. If you wish to know more or find out how to participate, please email Julie Loisel: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
b. The joint PAGES-INQUA workshop on tropical peatland processes and ecosystem services, which was postponed from March 2021 in Bangkok, Thailand, will either be held sometime in late 2021, or possibly even in 2022, depending on COVID-19 restrictions:

v. Climate Reconstruction and Impacts from the Archives of Societies (CRIAS):
Deadline extended! The deadline for submissions to the group's special issue of Climate of the Past "International methods and comparisons in climate reconstruction and impacts from archives of societies" is now 30 November 2021. Group leaders encourage submissions and reviews of articles in discussion:

vi. Cycles of Sea-Ice Dynamics in the Earth system (C-SIDE):
a. The group's third workshop "Integrating sea-ice proxies, model simulations, and complementary records of glacial-interglacial climate change", planned for May 2021 in Bordeaux, France, will be held in 2022 instead. New dates will be announced as soon as possible:
b. The call for contributions to the group's Climate of the Past special issue "Reconstructing Southern Ocean sea-ice dynamics on glacial-to-historical timescales" continues; submission deadline is 31 December 2021, extendable if necessary: The special issue editors are Karen Kohfeld, Xavier Crosta, Alice Marzocchi, Juliane Müller, Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz, and Laurie Menviel. Authors can submit their contributions by using the online registration form on the journal website: During the registration process it is important that the correct special issue is selected.

vii. Climate Variability Across Scales (CVAS):
The workshop "Beyond Palaeoclimate Ping Pong: Improving estimates of past climate variability by consistent data-model comparison" will be held online from 5-7 July as well as in Heidelberg, Germany. Updated information available, including the program:

viii. Human Traces:
Recordings of the presentations from the group's May workshop are now available to watch. See point 8 for all details.

ix. LandCover6k:
a. Register by 1 September for the group's 4th General Workshop to be held at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, from 2-4 December 2021. New information is available, including plans to hold the workshop as a hybrid event:
b. LandCover6k is in its second and last phase. Group leader Marie-José Gaillard will finish her tenure with the final working group annual report which will be submitted in March 2022. However, this does not mean that LandCover6k science-related activities will stop. Discussions are ongoing and alternatives are being discussed in relation to future plans. Therefore, if you are interested in being involved in future work and collaborations related to past land-use and land-cover change, please contact a member of the co-ordinating group:

x. PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA):
a. Four publications: Three new papers are available in the "WALIS" special issue of Earth System Science Data and a new paper in The Holocene uses relative sea-level records from Singapore. See point 8 for all details.
b. Registration and abstract submission closes 15 July for the PALSEA workshop "Improving understanding of ice-sheet and solid-Earth processes driving paleo sea-level change" to be held from 13-15 September in Palisades, NY, USA, and also online. Some financial support is available for those planning to attend in person:
c. Group leaders would like to bring to your attention a new INQUA-associated journal opportunity. Abstract submission is open until 30 August for the Quaternary International special issue "Lost landscapes: reconstructing the evolution of coastal areas since the Late Pleistocene (PALEOCOAST)". Join the NEPTUNE community and send your contribution:

xi. PAGES-PMIP Working Group on Quaternary Interglacials (QUIGS):
The planned in-person "Glacial Terminations: processes and feedbacks" workshop, in Cassis, France, from 21-23 September 2021 has been cancelled due to travel/COVID-19 uncertainties. A new workshop focusing on the Mid-Pleistocene Transition/41kyr world is being planned for September 2022 at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in Palisades, NY, USA. Further announcements will be made as soon as possible.

xii. Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and AnaLysis (SISAL):
a. Two new papers which use the SISAL database have been published recently. See point 8 for all details.
b. The recent SISAL seminar given by Silvia Frisia is now available in the SISAL Playlist on the PAGES YouTube channel. See point 8 for all details.
c. The group's fifth workshop, which was scheduled to take place in Jerusalem, Israel, in October 2021, has been postponed until the first half of 2022:

xiii. Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS):
The group's next workshop in Aarhus, Denmark, has been postponed, most likely until 2022:

7. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)

i. Apply to be on the Steering Committee
Deadline extended! The ECN welcomes applications for new Steering Committee (SC) members due to leadership rotation. Applications close 23 June. The SC meets every two weeks to organize ongoing and future activities, manage communications and updates among activity clusters, members, and the larger PAGES and ECN communities, and ensure the ECN is effectively supporting its goals. All details:

ii. ECN webinars
a. Sandra Nogué Bosch, from the University of Southhampton, UK, will conduct the Spanish webinar "El impacto humano sobre la biodiversidad insular" (The human dimension of biodiversity changes on islands) on 23 June at 16:00 UTC. Open to all:
b. The webinar series "The paleo-research landscape in Africa" continues, with a talk on ichnology by Assistant Professor Abdelouahed Lagnaoui, from the Université Hassan 1er, Morocco, on 1 July at 16:00 UTC. Open to all and no registration required:
c. Three recent webinars are now available to watch on the ECN YouTube channel. See point 8 for all details.

iii. PASES in-person workshop
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 disruptions, organizers of the PAGES-INQUA ECR workshop "Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)" planned to be held in La Serena, Chile, in November 2021, will now be held from 7-11 November 2022:

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

8. Recent products

i. Joint GEOTRACES-PAGES workshop
Two new papers resulting from the joint GEOTRACES-PAGES workshop in 2018 are now available in Global Biogeochemical Cycles:
a. Jesse Farmer et al. compile water column carbon (C), nitrogen (N), and silicon (Si) stable isotopes from GEOTRACES-era data in four key ocean regions to review geochemical proxies of oceanic carbon and nutrient cycling based on the C, N, and Si isotopic composition of marine sediments. "Assessment of C, N and Si isotopes as tracers of past ocean nutrient and carbon cycling" highlights opportunities for future research using multielement stable isotope proxy applications and emphasizes the importance of such applications to reconstructing past changes in the oceans and climate system:
b. Tristan Horner et al. study phytoplankton productivity to understand past atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations and Earth's climate history. Several bioactive trace metals and their isotopes are potential proxies for past phytoplankton productivity, including: iron, zinc, copper, cadmium, molybdenum, barium, nickel, chromium, and silver. They review the oceanic distributions, driving processes, and depositional archives for these nine metals and their isotopes based on GEOTRACES-era datasets in the paper "Bioactive trace metals and their isotopes as paleoproductivity proxies: An assessment using GEOTRACES-era data":

ii. Co-production paper
A new paper from a collaboration of several Future Earth Global Research Projects, including PAGES, plus the Swiss Academy of Sciences and the University of Bern is now available in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. Flurina Schneider et al. address the question of how global sustainability-oriented research networks can engage in co-production of knowledge and action, and introduce a strategic tool called the "network compass" which highlights four generic, interrelated fields of action through which networks can strive to foster co-production:

iii. 2k Network
a. Access the 2k seminar series recordings from the past presentations held since May, with Liz Thomas and Diana Vladimirova, and Raphael Neukom, on the 2k Network playlist on PAGES' YouTube channel:
b. PAGES 2k Network data were used by Ulf Büntgen et al. in their Nature Communications paper "The influence of decision-making in tree ring-based climate reconstructions":

iv. Early-Career Network (ECN)
Three recent webinars are now available to watch on the ECN YouTube channel:
a. "Mentoring to stimulate international collaborations" with Lindsey Gillson, Estelle Razanatsoa, Cherie Dirk:
b. North America Show-and-Tell series with Nina Whitney: "Preparing shell samples from the Mid-Atlantic Bight":
c. "First steps in exploring data with R" with Martin Schobben:

v. Human Traces
Access the 12 presentation recordings from the group's first workshop, held online in May, on the Human Traces playlist on PAGES' YouTube channel:

a. Oana Dumitru et al. published "Last interglacial sea-level history from speleothems: a global standardized database" in the "WALIS – the World Atlas of Last Interglacial Shorelines" special issue of Earth System Science Data:
b. Roland Freisleben et al. published "Marine terraces of the last interglacial period along the Pacific coast of South America (1° N–40° S)" in the "WALIS – the World Atlas of Last Interglacial Shorelines" special issue of Earth System Science Data:
c. Nadine Hallman et al. published "A standardized database of Marine Isotopic Stage 5e sea-level proxies on tropical Pacific islands" in the "WALIS – the World Atlas of Last Interglacial Shorelines" special issue of Earth System Science Data
d. Stephen Chua et al. published "A new Holocene sea-level record for Singapore" in The Holocene:

vii. SISAL
a. Tyler Kukla et al. use pollen, charcoal, and speleothem oxygen isotope proxy data to show that Amazon tree cover in the mid-Holocene was resilient to drying in excess of the driest bias-corrected future precipitation projections in their Global and Plentary Change paper "The resilience of Amazon tree cover to past and present drying":
b. Sarah Parker et al. use >150 speleothem records from monsoonal regions in a data-model approach and investigate the drivers of speleothem d18O in their Climate of the Past paper "A data–model approach to interpreting speleothem oxygen isotope records from monsoon regions":
c. Watch Silvia Frisia's trace elements seminar, recorded in May, on the SISAL playlist on PAGES' YouTube channel:

9. Supported and endorsed workshops, and endorsed and affiliated groups' news

PAGES is pleased to have an association with the following groups and has provided either financial support or endorsement for the workshops and conferences.
Find out more about PAGES' endorsed and affiliated groups here:
Apply for workshop or conference endorsement here:

i. Swiss Climate Summer Schools
a. The PAGES-endorsed 19th International Swiss Climate Summer School will be held from 29 August to 3 September 2021 in Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland:
b. The PAGES-endorsed 20th International Swiss Climate Summer School will be held from 28 August to 3 September 2022 in Grindelwald, Switzerland:

ii. Madagascar workshop 2022
The PAGES-supported "Synergy between palaeo-scientists, ecologists and stakeholders for biodiversity conservation in Madagascar" workshop will be held from 2-5 March 2022 in Ranomafana, Madagascar:

iii. IAL-IPA conference 2022
The PAGES-supported IAL-IPA joint meeting "Lakes as Memories of the Landscape" will be held in March 2022 in San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina:

iv. Climate Change, The Karst Record
The PAGES-supported KR9 Conference will be held in Innsbruck, Austria, from 16-25 July 2022. Deadlines TBA:

v. Carpathian Climate and Environment Working Group (CarpClim):
The PAGES-supported Carpathian-Balkan Paleoscience Workshop will be held online and in Sacel, Maramures, Romania, from 5-10 October 2021. Early-registration and abstract deadline is 1 July:

vi. Historical Climatology
New podcast: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson and the Record of Past Climate Change. In the 20th episode of Climate History, co-hosts Dagomar Degroot and Emma Moesswilde interview Jim McClure, General Editor of the Papers of Thomas Jefferson at Princeton University. Recently, Jim spearheaded the creation of a unique and important digital resource: a repository of Jefferson's abundant observations of the weather and climate of his time:

vii. Hominin Dispersals Research Group (HDRG)
HDRG leader Ariane Burke is the new visiting scientist at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research (OCCR) in Bern, Switzerland. She is hosted by the Earth System Modelling-Atmospheric Dynamics group for a sabbatical year as of June 2021. Ariane is a full professor at the Université de Montreal (Laboratoire d'Ecomorphologie et de Paleoanthropologie), Canada. While in Bern, she will work with colleagues at the OCCR designing new research focussed on assessing the impact of climate variability and ecological risk on prehistoric human populations living in Europe during the last glacial period. She will also continue working with the HDRG, which involves creating models of habitat suitability with the goal of comparing how Neanderthals and modern humans reacted to environmental transformations at the end of marine isotope stage 3 (MIS 3).

viii. Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS):
ICYS is holding a monthly international ice-core seminar series with talks from senior researchers and early-career researchers on a similar theme. The next event, with Eric Wolff, Felix Ng and Giovanni Baccolo, will be held on 17 June at 19:00 UTC:
Access the recordings of past seminars, including new presentations from Eliza Cook and Niccolò Maffezzoli:

ix. International Partnerships in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS):
The PAGES-supported 3rd IPICS Open Science Conference, which was due to be held from 10-15 October 2021 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, has been postponed until October 2022:

x. International Paleofire Network (IPN):
a. The recording of the first IPN Paleofire seminar series, with Phil Higuera (Associate Professor at the W.A. Francke Colleage on Forest and Conservation, University of Montana) from 6 May, on "The past and future of peak detection in paleofire research", is now available to watch:
b. The second seminar series event will take place on 24 June at 19:00 UTC, with Dr. Allison Karp, from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, at Yale University, USA, presenting "Advances in interpreting polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as a paleofire proxy". Registration necessary:
c. The third seminar series event will take place on 15 July at 19:00 UTC, with Emma Rehn, from James Cook University, Australia, presenting "A multi-proxy approach to palaeofire in Australian tropical savannas". Registration necessary:

10. Future Earth

i. SRI2021 Congress
The first Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2021) was held online and in Brisbane, Australia, from 12-15 July. Find out more and access recordings of various presentations:

ii. Boreal Forests and Climate Change webinar
Last month's Boreal Forests and Climate Change webinar, co-hosted by Future Earth and Kungl. Vetenskapsakademien, is now online. Watch the full two days of presentations on forest carbon sequestration, disturbances and forest management across the world's boreal forests:

iii. Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)
Read the May Newsletter:

11. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

i. Explaining and Predicting Earth System Change Lighthouse Activity Workshop
Abstract submission closes 30 June for the "Attribution of multi-annual to decadal changes in the climate system" workshop to be held online from 22-24 September. Free registration and attendance:

ii. Extremes workshop
The WCRP Workshop on Extremes in Climate Prediction Ensemble (ExCPEns) "Subseasonal, seasonal, annual to decadal, and multi-decadal" will be held from 25-27 October in Busan, Korea and also online:

iii. Climate Research Forums
WCRP is holding a series of regionally-based Climate Research Forums. These Forums provide a chance to exchange ideas, discuss new activities and opportunities being developed by WCRP, and explore ways that scientists, partner programs, funders and end-users of climate science can engage. Access the upcoming program and previous Forum recordings:

iv. WCRP Open Science Conference 2023
The WCRP Open Science Conference 2023, tentatively scheduled for March 2023, will bring together diverse research communities, programmes and partners to discuss the latest developments in climate science, with an emphasis on science-based information for decision making. The Conference will also celebrate the achievements of WCRP's Grand Challenges which will close at the end of 2022. A call for bids to host the conference will be announced soon:

Read the June Bulletin:

12. Other news and opportunities

i. EGU Public Engagement Grants 2021
Applications for the EGU Public Engagement Grants close 18 June. If you have an idea for a comic, podcast, documentary, set of experiments, or some other form of effective science communication that you want to promote, then here's a chance to explain why your project deserves to be funded:

ii. South American Drought Atlas Explorer
The Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR)2 has launched the South American Drought Atlas Explorer: The Explorer uses the austral summer month (DJF) interannual variations of the Palmer Drought Severity Index (scPDSI) for the last 600 years reconstructed from tree-ring records: Through the Explorer, it is possible to visualize annual drought maps, generate mean composite maps, correlation maps with other variables, as well as the extraction of time series of the scPDSI and the percentage of area under different drought thresholds for particular territories and regions:

iii. The Micropalaeontological Society's Foraminifera Festival 2021
Festival Coordinators invite you to the TMS Foraminifera Festival: a virtual foram-themed day of talks and posters on 27 August, 06:00-18:00 UTC, on Zoom. The Festival features four sessions of talks (15 min) and posters, each convened by a group of early-career researchers. There is no registration fee. Abstract submission closes 5 July 23:59 Pacific time. Registration deadline is 1 August 23:59 Pacific time. Registration form:

iv. 19th Swiss Geoscience Meeting
Submit abstracts by 31 August for the 19th Swiss Geoscience Meeting, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 19-20 November 2021:

v. Fundraising for Cape Town University
The SASQUA Council have created an online crowd-funding campaign to help the Palaeoecology group of the Plant Conservation Unit (PCU) raise funds for the savannah pollen reference collection after the devastating fires at University of Cape Town, South Africa. International payments accepted. All details: The opportunity for a "general" donation to the PCU is also available:

vi. INQUA Award: the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal for outstanding young Quaternary scientists
Nominations are invited for the 2021 Award of the Sir Nicholas Shackleton Medal, which is awarded to an early-career scientist, who will normally be less than 40 years of age or, if older, within eight years of completing their first PhD project. Candidates may be working in any branch of Quaternary science. Closing date for nominations is 1 September:

vii. European Society of Environmental History
The European Society of Environmental History (ESEH) Biennial Conference "Mountains and Plains: Past, present and future environmental and climatic entanglements" will be held from 22-26 August 2023 in Bern, Switzerland.


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