PAGES e-news vol. 2020, no.3


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2020, no. 3


1. Call for 6th OSM session proposals - deadline 1 April
2. IPCC WG1 Second-Order Draft open for review
3. Are your details up to date?

. Working Group news
5. PAGES Early-Career Network updates
6. Recent products
7. PAGES at EGU20
8. Working Group meetings and deadlines
9. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings
10. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

11. Future Earth updates
12. WCRP updates
13. Other news and opportunities

1. Call for 6th OSM session proposals - deadline 1 April

PAGES' premier science conferences, the Open Science Meeting (OSM) and Young Scientists Meeting (YSM), are held every four years. The 6th OSM and 4th YSM will be held in Agadir, Morocco, from 16-22 May 2021. The YSM will be held from 16-18 May and the OSM from 18-22 May. Regional field trips and excursions of varying durations will be offered after the OSM:

The Scientific Program Committee (SPC) invites you to take an active part in organizing the scientific program of the conference. The program will be comprised of plenary, parallel and poster sessions.

The plenary sessions will host keynote talks intended to stimulate discussions on the role of past global change science by providing information about strategies for a sustainable world, on the engagement of stakeholders in active cutting-edge research, and on the added value of interdisciplinary approaches. The parallel and associated poster sessions will accommodate top-level ongoing research. Up to five sessions will be run in parallel at the OSM, allowing accommodation of a total of 40 sessions.  

The SPC will prepare the program based upon your input, aiming for a fair balance between the topics. Please note that the SPC could merge sessions with similar topics (before abstract submission) or with a small number of abstracts (after abstract submission).

Scientists from African institutions are strongly encouraged to submit session proposals. Please inform your colleagues about this opportunity.

Email your proposals until 1 April 2020 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., using the subject line "Call for sessions - PAGES OSM 2021". Please include a provisional title, potential conveners, and a brief description of the session.

We look forward to receiving your suggestions and thank you in advance!

2. IPCC WG1 Second-Order Draft open for review

The Second-Order Draft (SOD) of the Working Group 1 (WG1) contribution to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sixth assessment report (AR6) is now open for review.

To facilitate a robust review of the paleoscience information, which is integrated throughout the report, a comprehensive list of the paleoscience contents is now available. To review the report, register with the IPCC before 19 April 2020 and submit reviews by 26 April. The paleoscience content list was assembled by PAGES SSC Member Darrell Kaufman with help from members of PAGES' Early-Career Network (ECN) and students at Northern Arizona University, USA. All details and links to help your review are here:

Community feedback is needed to focus the key messages from paleosciences and to assure that the report presents the most current, comprehensive, and balanced treatment of the policy-relevant topics.

Access a webinar and slides prepared for the group review by APECS. These date back to the First-Order Draft (FOD) but still could be useful for people taking part in the SOD review who are interested in the review's procedures. This group review was coordinated by Marta Moreno (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.):

3. Are your details up to date?

Have you recently moved institutions? Or house? Perhaps you have a new email address? Please check that your PAGES People Database account is still current. If you receive a hard copy of the Past Global Changes Magazine, we are very keen to have your new details to cut down on rogue mailouts. You can change your People Database information easily here:

4. 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. CLIVASH2k: The group will hold the session "Past climate variability from Antarctica and the Southern Ocean" at SCAR COMNAP 2020, to be held from 3-7 August 2020 in Hobart, Australia:
b. Iso2k: The Iso2k project of the 2k Network has a paper open for discussion in Earth System Science Data. See point 6 for all details.

iii. ACME: In light of the current COVID-19 situation, the first ACME workshop, which was supposed to take place 1-2 May prior to EGU 2020, has been cancelled. Organizers are currently working on alternative plans and will make further announcements as soon as they know more. See point 8 for all details.

iv. C-PEAT: a. May 2020 Meeting Update: Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the workshop committee has decided to cancel the meeting in May 2020 and reschedule it for a later date. Further information will be provided as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact the workshop organizer Sakonvan (Moo) Chawchai: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or working group leader Angela Gallego-Sala: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. See point 8 for all details.
b. GSA 2020 Annual Meeting: Please consider submitting a paper to the following session - T153. Soils and Long-Term Environmental Change. GSA will be held from 25-28 October 2020 in Montreal, QC, Canada. The electronic abstract-submission form opens 1 April. This session integrates soils and environmental change across disciplines and methods from pedology to remote sensing, geochemistry, geomorphology, paleoecology, and archaeology. Studies could include carbon sequestration, anthropogenic impacts, soil formation over time, and soil geoarchaeology. Session Chairs: Sam Krause (Texas State University), Rolfe Mandel (University Kansas), Julie Loisel (Texas A&M), Tim Beach (UT Austin):

v. C-SIDE: The group's third workshop will be held in May 2021 (2021) in Bordeaux, France. PAGES has provided some financial support. See point 8 for all details.

vi. CVAS: a. Register by 31 March for the CVAS workshop "Beyond Palaeoclimate Ping Pong: Improving estimates of past climate variability by consistent data-model comparison" from 2-5 June 2020 in Heidelberg, Germany. See point 8 for all details.
b. A new review paper on the group's activity has been accepted in Reviews of Geophysics. See point 6 for all details.

vii. EcoRe3: The group's final workshop, scheduled for this week in Cape Town, South Africa, has been cancelled. See point 8 for all details.

viii. LandCover6k: a. Sandy Harrison et al. present the overall strategy of LandCover6k, plus the products and their current and potential use, in a new paper in Geoscientific Model Development, which is a contribution to the group's special issue "Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project phase 4 (PMIP4)". See point 6 for all details.
b. Qiuchi Wan et al. test the application of the widely-used Extended R-Value (ERV) model in the tropical secondary and planted woodlands of Hainan Island, China, to estimate relative pollen productivities for common plant taxa occurring as pollen in surface and fossil samples of the region in their Ecological Indicators paper. See point 6 for all details.
c. A land-use mapping workshop for South and Southeast Asia will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA, on 9 May 2020. See point 8 for all details.
d. The group will hold the session "Quantitative reconstruction of Holocene land-use and land-cover change: advances and applications" at the joint 15th International Palynological Congress (IPCXV 2020) and the 11th International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference (IOPC-XI 2020) from 12-19 September 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic. Abstracts due 31 March. All details:
e. The group will hold the session "The PAGES LandCover6K Land Use Group in Africa: Benefits and Drawbacks of a Global Initiative" at the Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SAfA) Conference from 21-24 September 2020 in Oxford, UK. All details:
f. Register your interest by 15 May (new date) to attend the group's 4th General Workshop to be held from 9-10 October 2020 in Philadelphia, USA. All are welcome. Information about funding will be announced as soon as possible. See point 8 for more details.

ix: GPWG2: An article about the group's recent Policy Brief was published on the Future Earth website. See point 6 for all details.

x. PALSEA: Abstract submission is now open for the group's workshop in September 2020 in Palisades, NY, USA. PAGES has provided some financial support. See point 8 for all details.

xi. PEOPLE 3000: The May 2020 meeting has been postponed due to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the organizing committee has decided to tentatively reschedule the workshop to ensure the safety of participants. It is planned to take place 31 August to 5 September 2020. See point 8 for all details.

xii. QUIGS: The next workshop will be held in September 2020 in Cassis, France. PAGES has provided some financial support. See point 8 for all details.

xiii. SISAL: a. A paper about the second version of the SISAL database is open for discussion until 8 May. See point 6 for all details.
b. Find out more about the group's second phase on its new webpages:

xiv. VICS: The group will hold a workshop from 30 September to 2 October 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark. PAGES has provided some financial support. See point 8 for all details.

5. PAGES Early-Career Network updates

i. The official website is now live for the joint PAGES-INQUA ECR workshop "Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)" to be held from 9-13 November 2020 in La Serena y Coquimbo, Chile. Abstract submission and grant requests open 23 March. See point 8 for all details.

ii. Call for webinar organizers and speakers: The ECN has plans to host a webinar on the topic "How to apply for academic jobs". If you have ideas on how it should be organized and/or who to invite for speaker(s), please volunteer to join the organizing team! This is an opportunity to be more involved with PAGES ECN, advance your professional development and networking skills, and get connected if you are currently on the job market yourself. Or do you want to be a speaker? The ECN would also like to hear from people with extensive experience in applying for jobs or hiring people for any kind of position in academia. This webinar will be a friendly interaction and a great help to early-career researchers with their (future) job hunts. Please email ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.​ for more information.

iii. The Early Pages Blog: a. Explore the highlands of the Atacama desert and the Altiplano! In our newest post on The Early Pages, Ignacio Jara shares a photo series about his fieldwork in northern Chile. See how climate research can bring you close to spectacular landscapes, llamas, and fossil rodent middens:
b. The Early Pages is a blog by and about ECRs in paleoscience, created to enhance the visibility of ECRs and to communicate science to the wider public. Since launching, the blog has been read over 10,000 times in over 100 countries. Blog leaders welcome posts and photo stories from ECRs in and out of academia on all different themes. If you would like to write a post, but aren’t sure what to write about, contact the leaders to discuss further. They offer friendly and constructive peer reviews and will make sure you are happy with your post before its published: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

6. Recent products

i. 2k Network: The Iso2k project of the 2k Network has a paper open for discussion until 1 April in Earth System Science Data. "The Iso2k Database: A global compilation of paleo-δ18O and δ2H records to aid understanding of Common Era climate", by Bronwen Konecky et al., presents the Iso2k database, a global compilation of previously published datasets from a variety of natural archives that record the stable oxygen (δ18O) or hydrogen (δ2H) isotopic composition of environmental waters, which reflect hydroclimate changes over the CE:

ii. CVAS: Climate variables are related over long times and large distances. This shows up as correlations for averages on long intervals or between distant areas. An important finding is that the majority of correlations in climate can be described by a simple mathematical relationship. In the Reviews of Geophysics paper "The Structure of Climate Variability Across Scales", authors present such correlations for temperature on long times:

iii. LandCover6k: a. Working group members explain the overall goals of LandCover6k in "Development and testing scenarios for implementing land use and land cover changes during the Holocene in Earth system model experiments" published in Geoscientific Model Development:
b. "Evaluating quantitative pollen representation of vegetation in the tropics: A case study on the Hainan Island, tropical China" was published in Ecological Indicators:

iv. GPWG2: While the area burnt by wildfires has declined globally over the past decades, fire is now occurring more frequently and severely in ecosystems that have historically rarely experienced fire. This issue brief examines the cause and sustainability implications of global fires:

v. SISAL: The data description paper "SISALv2: A comprehensive speleothem isotope database with multiple age-depth models" by Laia Comas-Bru et al. is open for review until 8 May in Earth System Science Data Discussions:

7. PAGES at EGU20

At this stage, all registrations are on hold for the European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna, Austria, from 3-8 May 2020. Updates from the EGU will be provided by the end of March.
Access all the planned PAGES sessions here:

8. Working Group meetings and deadlines

i. ACME:
Towards reliable proxy-based reconstructions: community perspectives and criteria for the ACME database
Vienna, Austria
1-2 May 2020
Update 17 March: Meeting cancelled

ii. C-PEAT:
Tropical peatland processes and ecosystem services workshop
Bangkok, Thailand
13-17 May 2020
Update 12 March: Meeting postponed

iii. C-SIDE:
Integrating sea-ice proxies, model simulations, and complementary records of glacial-interglacial climate change
Bordeaux, France
May 2021
Deadlines: TBA

iv. CVAS:
Beyond Palaeoclimate Ping Pong: Improving estimates of past climate variability by consistent data-model comparison
Heidelberg, Germany
2-5 June 2020
Registration deadline: 31 March

v. ECN:
PAGES-INQUA ECR workshop: Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)
La Serena, Chile
9-13 November 2020
Abstract submission and grant requests open: 23 March

vi. EcoRe3
An introduction to the analysis of palaeoecological time-series: abrupt change and resilience
Cape Town, South Africa
16-20 March 2020
Update 12 March: Meeting cancelled

vii. LandCover6k:
a. Land-use mapping workshop for South and Southeast Asia
Philadelphia, PA, USA
9 May 2020
Deadlines: No deadlines to attend

b. 4th General Workshop: New Land-Cover and Land-Use Datasets for evaluation and improvement of Anthropogenic Land-Cover Change Scenarios
Philadelphia, PA, USA
9-10 October 2020
Register your interest by: 15 May (new date)

viii. PALSEA:
Improving understanding of ice-sheet and solid-Earth processes driving paleo sea-level change
Palisades, NY, USA
14-16 September 2020
Abstract deadline: 1 July 2020

ix. PEOPLE 3000:
Understanding long-term human-environment feedback loops through the integration of archeology, paleoclimate and ecological mode
Arica, Chile
Tentative new date: 31 August to 5 September 2020

Glacial Terminations: processes and feedbacks
Cassis, France
22-24 September 2020
Open abstract submission/registration: early May 2020
Deadline for abstract submission and travel support: early June 2020

xi. VICS:
Moving forward by looking back
Aarhus, Denmark
30 September to 2 October 2020
Deadlines: TBA

9. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings

PAGES is pleased to have an association with the following workshops and conferences and has provided either financial support or an endorsement.

i. Using long-term data for sustainability, resilience and biodiversity conservation
Cape Town, South Africa
26 March 2020
Update 12 March: Symposium cancelled

ii. Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress
Brisbane, Australia
14-17 June 2020
Early-bird registration deadline: 15 April

iii. Climate Change, The Karst Record (KR9 Conference)
Innsbruck, Austria
11-20 July 2020

iv. The 19th International Swiss Climate Summer School
Grindelwald, Switzerland
23-28 August 2020

v. Carpathian-Balkan Paleoscience Workshop 2020 (CBPW2020)
Sacel, Maramures, Romania
31 August to 4 September 2020
Early-bird registration deadline: 1 May

vi. IPICS 3rd Open Science Conference
Crans Montana, Switzerland
18-23 October 2020
Abstract submission, registration, and travel support application deadline: 30 April

10. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

i. CarpClim: The newly endorsed Carpathian Climate and Environment Working Group (CarpClim) will hold a workshop in September 2020, supported by PAGES. See point 9 for all details.

ii. IPICS: Abstract submission is open until 30 April for the PAGES-supported 3rd International Partnership in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) Open Science Conference to be held from 18-23 October 2020 in Crans Montana, Switzerland. The programs for the conference and the accompanying Ice Core Young Scientists (ICYS) workshop are also now available online. See point 9 for all details.

iii. PMIP: PMIP has a special issue in Climate of the Past with many papers open for discussion (preprint under review). These papers focus on: the design of the PMIP4 experiments; data syntheses to which model results can be compared; and analysing single or multi-model results from PMIP4 and CMIP6 experiments. The deadlines for comments vary for each article. Access them all here:

iv. Varves Working Group: The former PAGES working group, and now endorsed group, recently published the special issue "Annually Laminated Lake Sediments" in Quaternary, with seven papers which aim to present the diversity within the field and the state-of-the-art research on lake varves at all timescales and environments:

v. Find out more about PAGES' endorsed and affiliated groups here:

11. Future Earth updates

i. Earth Leadership Program: Together with the University of Colorado Boulder, USA, and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, USA, Future Earth is pleased to announce the launch of the Earth Leadership Program. Find out more:

ii. In case you missed it - Our Future on Earth Report 2020: Humanity is at a critical stage in the transition to a more sustainable planet and society. Our actions in the next decade will determine our collective path forward. The report aims to tell the story of where we are on our collective journey by connecting the dots between what society is currently experiencing – from fires to food shortages to a rise in populism – with recent developments in the research community. The report is the result of the hard work of dozens of scientists and researchers within Future Earth's global network over the last year, offering the reader an unparalleled global snapshot of the challenges to planetary sustainability:

iii. GLP: a. Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) to host the Global Land Programme (GLP) IPO beginning 2022. The GLP Scientific Steering Committee invites calls from internationally-active institutes to host the International Programme Office (IPO) of the Global Land Programme (GLP) starting in 2022. The ideal institute will have an international reputation for cutting-edge sustainability research with a focus on human-environment interactions. The successful bid stands to gain higher visibility, exposure at an international level, and recognition as a world leader in the land systems science community. Hosting the International Programme Office will also assist the institute to align with international priorities and new developments. In return, the host institution must be prepared to commit resources to the international coordination of the land systems science research community. Deadline for 3-page "expression of interest" from interested institutes is 1 June. Learn more and download the call:
b. Read more about GLP in its March e-news:

iv. Future Earth​ Risks Perceptions: The Global Risks Perceptions Initiative has released its 2020 report:

v. The inaugural Future Earth and Belmont Forum Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2020) will be held from 14-17 June 2020 in Brisbane, Australia. PAGES is involved in several sessions/events. See point 9 for all details.

vi. Read the Mountain Research Initiative February Newsletter:

12. WCRP update

i. Call for self-nomination for WCRP expert groups: WCRP is currently inviting self-nominations from highly enthusiastic and dedicated experts for membership of the following groups: WCRP Data Advisory Council (WDAC); WCRP Modeling Advisory Council (WMAC); Working Group on Coupled Modeling (WGCM); Working Group on Subseasonal to Interdecadal Prediction (WGSIP); Working Group on Numerical Experimentation (WGNE); CORDEX Science Advisory Team (CORDEX-SAT); Subseasonal to Seasonal (S2S); Project Steering Group.
Applications close 20 March. The membership term will be from January 2021 to December 2024. All details:

ii. Read the CLIVAR March Bulletin:

13. Other news and opportunities

i. Expressions of interest to host the WDS IPO due 10 May 2020: World Data System (WDS) is an Interdisciplinary Body of the International Science Council (ISC; formerly ICSU). The WDS International Programme Office (WDS-IPO) was created in March 2011. Since then, it has been hosted by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) in Tokyo, Japan, under two five-year Letters of Cooperation between the ISC and NICT. The current agreement ends on 31 March 2021 and, in light of this, ISC and the WDS Science Committee (WDS-SC) invite Expressions of Interest from interested parties to host the WDS International Programme Office by 10 May 2020.

The establishment, funding model, and governance of the new office is expected to build on the examples of the current WDS-IPO and the recently established WDS International Technology Office. However, creative suggestions are welcomed, including partial or shared hosting, or other innovative solutions.

Expressions of Interest should be completed using this online form: Please note that it is not expected for potential hosts to have precise details in place by this deadline; rather, they should state their interest and what they may be able to offer. Further negotiations will then take place between ISC and selected bidding organizations, in consultation with the WDS-SC, to finalize the hosting arrangements. Contact the WDS-IPO with any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ii. Register by 22 April to attend the PalaeoSIG Science Communication and Writing Workshop from 13-14 May 2020 at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. This workshop aims to provide training and practice in writing effectively about palaeoecological research for non-specialist audiences, and produce accessible summaries of 50 influential palaeoecology articles. All details:


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