PAGES e-news vol. 2021, no. 7


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news vol. 2021, no. 7


1. Call for contributions to Past Global Changes Horizons vol. 2
2. PAGES-IAI Fellowship Program - apply by 30 September

3. AGU21 abstracts due 4 August
4. Next deadlines for PAGES applications - 20 September
5. PAGES' 6th OSM & 4th YSM in May 2022
6. Call for interest and potential collaborators on paleo manuscript
7. Working group news
8. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)
9. Recent products
10. Supported and endorsed workshops, and endorsed and affiliated groups' news
11. Future Earth
12. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
13. Other news and opportunities
14. Changes to IPO staff


1. Call for contributions to Past Global Changes Horizons vol. 2

Many of you have seen the first issue of the new magazine published by PAGES in April - Past Global Changes Horizons: Picture the past. Change the future.

Past Global Changes Horizons is a popular science magazine aimed primarily at the younger generation, budding scientists, and all those enthusiasts, both young and old, who are interested in or want to learn more about the science of the past.

The deadline for the call for contributions for first drafts for volume 2, to be published in June 2022, is 15 September. All details:

PAGES-IAI Fellowship Program - apply by 30 September

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):

3. AGU21 abstracts due 4 August

Submit abstracts by 4 August for the AGU Fall Meeting to be held online and in New Orleans, USA, from 13-17 December 2021.

PAGES sessions include:
C-PEAT: Session 124876: B019 - Carbon Cycling in Global Peatlands
CVAS: Session 121451: NG005 - Climate Variability Across Scales and Climate States
PALSEA: Session 125463: PP022 - Past Climate, Ice Sheet and Sea-Level Changes: How Much, How Fast?
Tipping Points: Session 118397: PP025 - Tipping Points in the Earth System: different perspectives of all the relevant disciplines.

All details:

4. Next deadlines for PAGES applications - 20 September

The next call for applications for new PAGES working groups and financial support to hold a workshop or meeting 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:

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. Call for interest and potential collaborators on paleo manuscript

Two PAGES community members, Xavier Benito and Nick Schafstall, seek the community's interest and potential collaborators for a short manuscript "Ten simple rules to reach an audience outside the paleo-scope" about the practical ways of how paleoecology and ecology, geosciences, and perhaps other fields, can inform each other's approach. It is challenging to show the relevance of paleoecology to e.g. ecologists due to multiple reasons (e.g. nature of evidence, methodological differences). They are of the opinion that one way to reach a larger audience outside their field with relevant research is to publish in journals outside the paleo-scope. However, especially for ECRs it can be difficult to determine in what ways their research is relevant to other fields. Subsequently, it is even more challenging to get their manuscript accepted for review in a journal outside the paleo-scope. Xavier and Nick are searching for the 10 most relevant tips on how to get your paleoresearch published in journals outside the power of the prefix "paleo". All kinds of tips are welcome, and will be ranked according to a survey amongst paleoresearchers. Please send your tips or recommendations before 6 September to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., with the topic "10 simple rules survey". With these results, they will submit a short 'perspectives' manuscript to a relevant journal.

7. 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. It is free to join. The next seminars are:
22 July: Georgy Falster "Using the stable isotopic composition of water to gain new insights into global hydroclimate variability through the Common Era":
29 July: Nick McKay discusses the 2k Network data stewardship:
5 August: Jason Smerdon and Nathan Steiger discuss hydroclimate of the past 2000 years:
b. CLIVASH2k: The call for papers is now open for the second special issue in Geosciences "Climate Variability in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere over the Last Millennia Volume 2". Deadline for manuscript submissions is 15 December:
Group leaders are running an ECR paper competition for this special issue, with a deadline of 1 September. See the home page for all details:
c. CoralHydro2k: i. The group will hold an online meeting on 15 July. All details:
ii. Have you collected seawater δ18O data, but have nowhere to store it? Then please submit your data to the CoralHydro2k Seawater δ18O Database. All details on the group's home page:

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. Collecting peat data: In order to create a synthesis database, C-PEAT leaders plan to hold four online Happy Hour events (two in American time, two in European time) in July and August. Everyone involved in, or who has, peat core datasets is invited to attend. The deadline for data collection is 31 December. Announcements about the Happy Hour dates and times will be made asap.
b. Peatland Pavilion at COP26 in Glasgow, UK, November 2021: C-PEAT will show off the importance of peatlands - both as paleo archives as well as carbon stores/nature-based climate solutions - at COP26. Group leaders Julie Loisel and Angela Gallego-Sala want to create an international library of peat cores and develop an interactive peatland map. They hope to collect cores (or "peat stories" for the interactive map) from at least 20 different countries. If you wish to know more or find out how to contribute, please email Julie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
c. 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. 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, 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" was held online as well as in Heidelberg, Germany, earlier this month:

viii. Human Traces:
a. Register by 17 September for the group's second workshop "An interdisciplinary view of Human Traces" which will be held online from 21-23 September:
b. The group plans to hold a workshop in March 2022 during the IAL-IPA joint meeting "Lakes as Memories of the Landscape" in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina. More information will be provided as soon as possible.

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. Matteo Vacchi et al. find a strong relationship between Mediterranean temperatures and the rate of sea-level rise in the basin in their new Nature Communications paper. Plus Peter Chutcharavan and Andrea Dutton have written a data description paper for the group's "WALIS" special issue in Earth System Science Data. See point 9 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. Nikita Kaushal and other members of the working group published the Feature article "Improving access to paleoclimate data" in the July edition of Eos magazine. See point 9 for all details.
b. 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:

8. PAGES Early-Career Network (ECN)

i. Webinars
If you have any ideas for a webinar and want to organize it for PAGES ECN, please reach out to the webinar cluster: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please also refer to the PAGES calendar for a more complete listing of PAGES webinars and other webinars of interest: 

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

9. Recent products

i. 2k Network seminar series
a. Access the 2k seminar series recordings from past presentations, including the June event with Michael Sigl on "Securing timelines of volcanism and climate over the past 4000 years", via the 2k Network playlist on PAGES' YouTube channel:

ii. Early-Career Network (ECN)
Access the collection of PAGES ECN webinars on the ECN YouTube channel:

a. Matteo Vacchi et al. published "Climate pacing of millennial sea-level change variability in the central and western Mediterranean" in Nature Communications:
b. Peter Chutcharavan and Andrea Dutton published "A global compilation of U-series-dated fossil coral sea-level indicators for the Last Interglacial period (Marine Isotope Stage 5e)" in the group's Earth System Science Data special issue. The dataset used is a comprehensive, global compilation of published uranium–thorium (U-series) dated fossil coral records from ∼ 150 000–110 000 years ago, as well as associated elevation measurements and sample metadata:

The Eos article "Improving access to paleoclimate data", which was published online in March, is now available in the July edition of the Eos magazine:

10. 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:

a. The DEEPICE project now has its own Twitter account: (and #deepiceproject). Plus, sign up for its biannual newsletter:
b. The 15 selected PhD students working on the DEEPICE project will meet for the first time in October 2021:

vii. 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. Access the previous recordings here:

viii. International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP):
Applications are being accepted from senior scientists to serve on the JOIDES Resolution Facility Board. Scientists from all IODP partner nations and consortia may apply. Deadline is 23 July

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 second IPN Paleofire seminar series, 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" is now available to watch:
b. 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:

11. Future Earth

i. Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)
Read the June Newsletter:

12. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)

i. WCRP AGU 2021 Session
Abstracts close 4 August for WCRP's AGU risk-related session: GC077 - Safe Landing Climates WCRP Lighthouse Activity: Avoiding Extreme Climate Risk. All details:

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 July Bulletin:

13. Other news and opportunities

i. Cryosphere Pavilion at COP26
With the support of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Switzerland, ICIMOD and the COP25 Presidency of Chile, among others, there will be a Cryosphere Pavilion at COP26 in Glasgow. In-person, hybrid and virtual event applications are sought - deadline 31 August. In addition to up to nine side events each day, the Pavilion will include exhibits; evening cultural events with ties to the Arctic and mountain regions, especially indigenous cultures; and early-career scientist Pavilion volunteers. Note that the Pavilion will be in the Blue Zone, so accreditation will be needed. However, hybrid and virtual event applications are also welcome. More detailed information, and the application process: After reviewing these materials, questions can be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ii. 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:

iii. Journal now open access
AGU has announced that its journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, publishing research on the chemistry, physics, geology, and biology of Earth and planetary processes, will be open access from 1 January 2022:

iv. 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:

v. European Society of Environmental History
The 2022 European Society of Environmental History (ESEH) Conference "Same planet, different worlds: environmental histories imagining anew" will take place from 4-8 July 2022 at the University of Bristol, UK, and the 2023 Conference "Mountains and Plains: Past, present and future environmental and climatic entanglements" will be held from 22-26 August 2023 in Bern, Switzerland:

14. Changes to IPO staff

After six years at the helm of PAGES' communications, we bid Angela Wade goodbye and wish her the very best on her new adventures. Angela's last working day will be 29 July.

Chené van Rensburg replaces Angela from 1 August, and will work Mondays to Thursdays. You can contact Chené via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We also welcome Ursula Widmer as the new Finance and Office Manager who has taken over from Monika Hofer. You can contact Ursula via email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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