PAGES e-news vol. 2020, no.7


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PAGES - Past Global Changes - e-news, vol. 2020, no. 7


1. Registration and abstract submission open - PAGES 6th OSM and 4th YSM
2. Call for images for PAGES website redesign
3. Working group news
4. AGU Fall Meeting 2020 and EGU General Assembly 2021 deadlines
5. PAGES Early-Career Network updates
6. Recent products
7. Upcoming PAGES deadlines
8. PAGES working group meetings and deadlines
9. PAGES-supported and endorsed meetings
10. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates
11. Future Earth updates
12. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) updates
13. Other news and opportunities

1. Registration and abstract submission open - PAGES 6th OSM and 4th YSM

Abstract submission and registration is now open for PAGES' 6th Open Science Meeting (OSM) and 4th Young Scientists Meeting (YSM) to 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:

Abstracts and applications for financial support to attend the OSM are due 1 October 2020. Access the full list of sessions:

The registration process for the YSM differs to the OSM. Early-career researchers wishing to attend the YSM must send in an application. The application, abstract submission, and financial support request deadline for the YSM is 13 September 2020. Approximately 80 places will be awarded, to help keep the YSM at a size that benefits all participants:

2. Call for images for PAGES website redesign

Do you have photos you would like to share? PAGES has started proceedings to redesign our website and would like to gather relevant high-resolution images from our community, whether it be in the field, the lab, or at a workshop. If you own the rights and any identifiable people have given their permission, please send the photos, along with a short caption, by 31 July to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line "PAGES website image contribution". We look forward to seeing your photos and thank you in advance for helping us create a new website.

3. 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. Working group extensions
Due to COVID-19 disruptions, many working groups will be extended for an additional year. The extensions will be visible in the timeline information on each working group's home page. Find all the current working groups here:

iii. 2k Network
a. The CoralHydro2k project group leaders Hussein Sayani, Thomas Felis, Nerilie Abrams, and Kim Cobb invite you to a brief online information session on 16 July at 12:00 UTC (find your local time here: The goal of this session is to provide an update on the group's progress since its first public meeting at ICP13 in September 2019, and to formally invite any member of the paleoclimate community interested in joining the group. As the meeting might not be at a convenient time for everyone, a recording will be available upon request. Please RSVP if you plan on attending or would like a link to the recording: Zoom link for the meeting: Questions can be emailed to Hussein: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
b. The PAGES 2k Network has proceeded in three phases: Phase 1 (2008-2013), Phase 2 (2014-2016) and Phase 3 (2017-2021). As the group is in the final period of Phase 3, 2k Network leaders would like feedback from the PAGES community on how they can help you to facilitate 2k (or broader PAGES) science now and in the future. Please take a few minutes to provide your suggestions via this survey, which should be completed by 31 July. The leaders thank you in advance:
c. Group members will conduct PAGES 6th OSM Session 28. Regional and transregional climate variability over the last 2000 years. See point 1 for all details.

iv. Arctic Cryosphere Change and Coastal Marine Ecosystems (ACME)
Group members will conduct PAGES 6th OSM Session 34. Cryosphere change impacts on arctic coastal environments and ecosystems during the Holocene. See point 1 for all details.

v. Carbon in Peat on EArth through Time (C-PEAT)
a. The group is involved in two sessions at the AGU Fall Meeting in December. See point 4 for all details.
b. Group members will conduct PAGES 6th OSM Session 37. Peatland ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services: How paleoscience and management can feed back to each other. See point 1 for all details.

vi. Climate Reconstruction and Impacts from the Archives of Societies (CRIAS)
a. Abstracts are due 31 July for the group's third workshop "State of the Art of Historical Climatology in International Perspective" to be held in Hong Kong in March 2021. See point 8 for all details.
b. Group members will conduct PAGES 6th OSM Session 22. Historical climate reconstruction and impacts utilizing written records. See point 1 for all details.

vii. Climate Variability Across Scales (CVAS)
a. A new seminar/workshop series will begin 16 July and run through to October. The series aims to provide an overview of the current state of the research relevant to the CVAS community in order to identify starting points for collaborative projects. Access all information - about the speaker schedule and how to join - on the group's home page, under the heading "Seminar series/workshops - July to October 2020":
b. Group members will conduct PAGES 6th OSM Session 13. Climate variability across scales and climate states. See point 1 for all details.

viii. Floods Working Group (FWG)
a. FWG released a Global and Planetary Change special issue as an outcome of their PAGES' 5th Open Science Meeting session in 2017. Edited by Lothar Schulte, Daniel Schillereff, Juan Santisteban and Fabienne Marret-Davies, the special issue contains 18 peer-reviewed papers covering various regions, including New Zealand, South America, Central Asia, and Europe. See point 6 for all details.
b. A new paper by Jose Maria Bodoque et al. presents an application-oriented protocol with guidelines on how to combine systematic and non-systematic data in flood frequency analysis containing botanical evidence. This study is based on work realized in different mountain streams located in Spain, Poland and India, representing quite diverse physiographic characteristics and differing hydrological regimes. See point 6 for all details.
c. Group members will conduct PAGES 6th OSM Session 16. Towards an improved understanding of past flood variability and examples on how such data can have a bearing on present and future flood risk management. See point 1 for all details.

ix. LandCover6k
a. The group's 4th General Workshop, planned for 9-10 October 2020, is postponed until a future date. Given current circumstances, the organizers at the University of Pennsylvania, USA, are assessing the possibility of holding the workshop in 2021 based on university reopening and governmental safety guidelines. An interim online meeting solution is being developed for the October 2020 dates. More information will be provided when available. See point 8 for all details.
b. The Land Use (LU) subgroup recently released a progress update. Acccess the pdf at the top of this page:
c. Group members are involved in two PAGES 6th OSM sessions: Session 21. Deep histories of land-use and land-cover change in African montane regions and Session 41. Towards a global past human land-use and land-cover synthesis over the Holocene. See point 1 for all details.

x. PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA)
a. Submit abstracts by 15 August for the PALSEAExpress meeting to be held online from 15-16 September 2020. This meeting has been added to the PALSEA calendar because the planned joint meeting with SERCE "Improving understanding of ice sheet and solid Earth processes driving paleo sea level change" has been postponed until 2021. See point 8 for details about both events.
b. The group will conduct "Session T154. Sea-Level Indicators: New Interpretations and Constraints for Future Projections" at the GSA 2020 Connects Online annual meeting from 26-30 October. Abstracts due 4 August. All details:
c. The group will conduct a joint session with QUIGS at the AGU Fall Meeting in December. See point 4 for all details.
d. A new paper shows that polar ice sheets during the Plio‐Pleistocene were dynamic and subject to significant melting under modestly warmer global temperatures. See point 6 for all details.
e. Group members are involved in two PAGES 6th OSM sessions: Session 2. The last interglacial and Session 31. Quantifying relative sea-level changes from geological archives. See point 1 for all details.

xi. PalEOclimate and the PeopLing of the Earth (PEOPLE 3000)
a. Four recent papers from working group members are now available. See point 6 for all links:
1. Darcy Bird et al. conduct a biogeographic analysis of the long-term stability of human societies in North America using a continental scale radiocarbon dataset. Their analysis compares the stability of summed calibrated radiocarbon date probability distributions (SPDs) with subsistence strategies and modeled climate stability between 6000 and 300 BP to demonstrate that agricultural sequences have more stable SPDs than hunter-gatherer sequences in general, but agricultural sequences also experience rare, extreme increases and decreases in SPDs not seen among hunter-gatherers.
2. Adolfo Gil et al. explore how changes in human strategies are differentially modulated by climate in a border area between hunter-gatherers and farmers by analyzing multiple proxies from northwestern Patagonia. Their results indicate that the farming frontier in northwestern Patagonia was dynamic in both time and space, and show how changes in temperature and precipitation over the last 1000 years cal BP have influenced the use of domestic plants and the hunting of highest-ranked wild animals, whereas no significant changes in human population size occurred.
3. Jacob Freeman et al. build a graphic model and conduct a global analysis of the effects of ecological variables, controling for technological differences, on human population density. Their results indicate that human population density displays a consistent relationship with ecological variables across productive technologies.
4. Mauricio Lima et al. test different hypotheses about the population collapse of the Rapa Nui society by developing explicit population dynamic models that integrate feedbacks between climatic, demographic, and ecological factors. They evaluate model outputs against a reconstruction of past population size based on archaeological radiocarbon dates from the island. The resulting estimated demographic declines of the Rapa Nui people are linked to the long-term effects of climate change on the island's carrying capacity and, in turn, on the per-capita food supply.
b. Group members will conduct PAGES 6th OSM Session 40. Integrating method and theory for global comparisons of human demography and climate change in the Late Holocene. See point 1 for all details.

xii. PAGES-PMIP Working Group on Quaternary Interglacials (QUIGS)
a. The September 2020 workshop in Cassis, France, will most likely be postponed to mid-2021. See point 8 for all details.
b. The group will conduct a joint session with PALSEA at the AGU Fall Meeting in December. See point 4 for all details.
c. Group members are involved in PAGES 6th OSM Session 2. The last interglacial. See point 1 for all details.

xiii. Speleothem Isotopes Synthesis and AnaLysis (SISAL)
a. The Climate of the Past paper "A data-model approach to interpreting speleothem oxygen isotope records from monsoon regions on orbital timescales" by Sarah Parker et al. is open for discussion until 7 September:
b. Group members will conduct PAGES 6th OSM Session 3. New developments in speleothem paleoclimate and paleoenvironmental science. See point 1 for all details.

xiv. Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS)
a. Working group members found evidence connecting an unexplained period of extreme cold in ancient Rome with a massive eruption of Alaska's Okmok volcano. The paper in PNAS attracted widespread media attention. See point 6 for all details.
b. The next VICS workshop, originally scheduled for late September 2020, will be held 8-10 March 2021. The working plan is that a physical meeting will be held in Aarhus, Denmark, and the new dates will still allow on-site participants to interact with an exhibition on volcanism and society at the Moesgård Museum. The meeting will also be designed to include effective methods of remote participation. See point 8 for all details.
c. Group members will conduct PAGES 6th OSM Session 12. Volcanic impacts on climate and society. See point 1 for all details.

4. AGU Fall Meeting 2020 and EGU General Assembly 2021 deadlines

i. AGU 2020
The abstract submission deadline for the AGU Fall Meeting to be held online and in San Francisco, USA, from 7-11 December 2020 is 29 July 23:59 (EDT). Featured meeting content will be held during the original 7-11 December dates, with additional content scheduled to best meet the needs of international attendees. Content will include real-time sessions, networking opportunities and poster hall time. There will be recorded sessions so you can watch at your convenience. Convergent themes including global science policy, data, natural hazards and climate science will be prominently featured. The registration fee will be about 50% less than the in-person rate and lower for graduate students and other groups. Registration will open in late August. There is also a non-refundable abstract processing fee, separate from meeting registration fees.
Several PAGES working groups will conduct sessions. All details:
a. C-PEAT: Peatlands dynamics, disturbance, and restoration (Session ID: 102676) and Wetlands and global change: impacts on wetland function and ecosystem services from the paleo-record through the Anthropocene (Session ID: 104025)
b. PALSEA and QUIGS: In and out of the ice age: Sea level, ice sheets, and climate during ice age transitions (Session ID: 103946)

ii. EGU 2021
The EGU General Assembly will be held from 25-30 April 2021 in Vienna, Austria. The EGU invites you to take an active part in organizing the scientific program. Submit a session, short course or town hall proposal by 11 September. The deadline for suggesting Union Symposia and Great Debates is 15 August. All details:

5. PAGES Early-Career Network updates

i. PASES workshop updates
The joint PAGES-INQUA ECR "Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)" workshop, planned for 9-13 November 2020, has been postponed until November 2021. The venue will still be La Serena y Coquimbo, Chile. In order to keep momentum going for the in-person workshop, the organizing committee will conduct a virtual workshop from 9-13 November 2020. See point 8 for more details.

ii. Webinars
Two recent ECN webinars are now available on the ECN YouTube Channel.
a. Timothy Bralower from Penn State University, USA, shared tips and answered questions on how to successfully apply for academic jobs in science:
b. Marco Aquino from Maynooth University, Ireland, presents (in Spanish) his new R package for age-depth modeling using 210Pb:

iii. New PAGES ECN RRs
Five new Regional Representatives have recently joined the PAGES ECN. Welcome​ to Montse Amezcua (Mexico), Diana Ochoa (Peru), and Victor Merino (Argentina) for Central and South America,​ Arjun Rao (India) for East Asia, and Tobias Schneider (USA) for North America. Contact ​your local RR or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you want to be more involved:

iv. The Early Pages Blog
a. The ECN asked ECRs how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting their work and daily life. Read 12 international stories from ECRs who share their thoughts, concerns, and new work routines:
b. The Blog is looking for authors!​ You're invited to join the growing list of authors and get more exposure by contributing with a post of your own. Posts are welcome from ECRs in and out of academia on all kinds of topics: your work or your experiences and opinions regarding the paleosciences, life as an ECR, academic life, and more. If you would like to write a post but aren’t sure what to write about, contact ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.​ to come up with a topic and outline together.

v. Join the Write Club!
The PAGES ECN Write Club holds regular online writing retreats for ECRs from all over the globe. They meet to write in a time-structured way, with the moral support of fellow ECRs. Especially in times when most people are working from home, creating non-negotiable time slots dedicated to writing can bring much needed structure into daily life. To sign up or for more information, email: ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

vi. Apply by 17 July to join the SCOR Executive Committee
The call for applications for an Early-Career Scientist (ECS) to join the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) Executive Committee (EC) is open. The ECS in the SCOR EC will help reach the broader early-career community and involve it in SCOR activities. The ECS will have the same responsibilities as other EC members, with a term of appointment of two years. Applicants should be no more than 10 years from PhD, not counting time for family leave, and should be affiliated with an ocean science organization, institution, or government agency. More information and application form here:

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

6. Recent products

PAGES members, led by SSC member Darrell Kaufman, published a major new compilation of pre-historic temperature records which show that global warming is reaching levels not seen for at least 6000 years. "Holocene global mean surface temperature, a multi-method reconstruction approach", is available in Scientific Data:

ii. Floods Working Group (FWG)
a. FWG published the special issue "Pluridisciplinary analysis and multi-archive reconstruction of paleofloods" in Global and Planetary Change:
b. Jose Maria Bodoque et al. published "An application-oriented protocol for flood frequency analysis based on botanical evidence" in Journal of Hydrology:

iii. PALeo constraints on SEA level rise (PALSEA)
Paul Hearty et al. published the paper "Pliocene‐Pleistocene Stratigraphy and Sea‐Level Estimates, Republic of South Africa With Implications for a 400 ppmv CO2 World" in Paleoceanography and Paleoclimatology:

iv. PalEOclimate and the PeopLing of the Earth (PEOPLE 3000)
a. Darcy Bird et al. published "A first empirical analysis of population stability in North America using radiocarbon records" in The Holocene:
b. Adolfo Gil et al. published "Between Foragers and Farmers: Climate Change and Human Strategies in Northwestern Patagonia" in Quaternary:
c. Jacob Freeman et al. published "The global ecology of human population density and interpreting changes in paleo-population density" in Journal of Archaeological Science:
d. Mauricio Lima et al. published "Ecology of the collapse of Rapa Nui society" in Proceedings of the Royal Society B:

v. Volcanic Impacts on Climate and Society (VICS)
Joe McConnell and Michael Sigl led an international effort for the paper "Extreme climate after massive eruption of Alaska's Okmok volcano in 43 BCE and effects on the late Roman Republic and Ptolemaic Kingdom" published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Access the paper and additional materials:

7. Upcoming PAGES deadlines

i. Applications for new PAGES working groups due 16 September
Does your heart pound of paleoscience? Know others who feel the same? PAGES' Working Groups (WGs) are temporary organizations that bring international paleoscientists together to target specific aspects of PAGES' scientific agenda. They tackle broad questions that cannot be answered by a single research team but require the integration of the wider science community. WGs provide a platform for discussion, research, and community building, and normally run in three-year phases with each phase culminating in an intermediary or final major product (e.g. synthesis article, special issue, database):

ii. Applications for workshop/meeting financial support due 16 September
To obtain support, workshops/meetings must be open and international, and should encourage the participation of early-career scientists (until ca. five years after PhD) and those from developing countries (including BRICS countries). Applications should be received at least six months before the planned event date, to allow for wide promotion to the paleo community. Financial support is available for meetings classified as Open Call and Educational and also for current PAGES WGs:

iii. PAGES Early-Career Award (ECA) nominations due 30 September
This new, biannual award is for excellence in collaborative scholarship, including research, communication, outreach, leadership, networking, community service, and international collaboration. The PAGES ECA honors people in the early stages of their career for their engagement both within and beyond the scientific community:

8. PAGES working group meetings and deadlines

i. ACME:
Towards reliable proxy-based reconstructions: community perspectives and criteria for the ACME database
Venue: TBA
Dates: TBC

ii. C-PEAT:
Tropical peatland processes and ecosystem services workshop
Bangkok, Thailand
March 2021 (dates TBC)
Deadlines: TBA

iii. CRIAS:
State of the Art of Historical Climatology in International Perspective
Hong Kong
25-26 September 2020
Update: Postponed
New dates: 19-20 March 2021
Abstract deadline: 31 July

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

v. CVAS:
Beyond Palaeoclimate Ping Pong: Improving estimates of past climate variability by consistent data-model comparison
Heidelberg, Germany
3-6 December 2020

vi. ECN:
a. PASES Virtual Workshop (vPASES2020)
November 2020

b. PAGES-INQUA ECR workshop: Past Socio-Environmental Systems (PASES)
La Serena, Chile
November 2021
Deadlines: TBC

vii. LandCover6k:
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
Update: Postponed
New dates: TBA

viii. PALSEA:
a. PALSEAExpress meeting
15-16 September 2020
Abstract deadline: 15 August

b. Improving understanding of ice-sheet and solid-Earth processes driving paleo sea-level change
Palisades, NY, USA
14-16 September 2020
Update: Postponed
New dates: TBA in Northern Hemisphere autumn 2021

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

Assessing the role cave monitoring data can play in improving climatic interpretations from speleothem records
Jerusalem, Israel
9-13 November 2020
Update: Postponed
New dates: TBA
in 2021

xi. QUIGS:
Glacial Terminations: processes and feedbacks
Cassis, France
22-24 September 2020
Update: Most likely to be postponed
New dates: Mid-2021
Deadlines: TBA

xii. VICS:
Moving forward by looking back
Aarhus, Denmark
30 September to 2 October 2020
Update: Postponed
New dates: 8-10 March 2021

Deadlines: Late 2020

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. Environmental histories and interdisciplinary perspectives on resilience in the tropical Andes
Bogotá, Colombia
6-7 August 2020
Update: Postponed
Tentative new dates: 11-12 February 2021

ii. The 19th International Swiss Climate Summer School
Grindelwald, Switzerland
23-28 August 2020
Update: Postponed
Tentative new dates: end of August 2022 (dates TBA)

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

iv. IAL-IPA joint meeting "Lakes as Memories of the Landscape"
San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia, Argentina
21-25 March 2021
Update: Postponed
New dates: 20-24 March 2022

v. Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress
Brisbane, Australia
New dates: 12-15 June 2021
Deadlines: TBA

vi. Synergy between palaeo-scientists, ecologists and stakeholders for biodiversity conservation in Madagascar
Venue TBC, Madagascar
4 days in June or July 2021
Deadlines: TBA

vii. Climate Change, The Karst Record (KR9 Conference)
Innsbruck, Austria
12-15 July 2020
Update: Postponed
Tentative new dates: 11-14 July 2021
Deadlines: TBA

viii. IPICS 3rd Open Science Conference
Crans Montana, Switzerland
18-23 October 2020
Update: Postponed
Tentative new dates: 10-16 October 2021
Deadlines: TBA

10. Endorsed and affiliated groups updates

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

i. CarpClim
a. The PAGES-endorsed Carpathian Climate and Environment Working Group (CarpClim) will hold a workshop from 31 August to 4 September 2020. Early-bird registration closes 31 July. See point 9 for all details.
b. An open-air laboratory has been established in the Carpathians at the Carpathian Interdisciplinary Research Center (CIRC): CarpClim leaders are looking to collect secondhand (or over used) lab and field equipment from partners in Europe. The equipment should still be functional but not used anymore (old fashioned, not updated, needing repair, etc). Shipping would be paid for by CIRC. This center is considered as the CarpClim headquarters. If you have suitable equipment, please contact Marcel Mindrescu:

ii. Historical Climatology
In the 15th episode of Climate History, co-hosts Dagomar Degroot and Emma Moesswilde interview Kathryn de Luna, Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor in the Department of History at Georgetown University. Professor de Luna combines paleoscience, archaeology, and historical linguistics to explore the deep history of eastern, central and southern Africa before the 20th century. She is on the cutting edge of developing new courses and teaching methods that introduce students to ways of understanding the past that go well beyond the traditional practice of history. Professor de Luna describes the courses she teaches, outlines the potential and peril of multidisciplinary learning, and gives concrete advice for how to make university education truly multidisciplinary:

iii. IPICS
The PAGES-supported 3rd International Partnership in Ice Core Sciences (IPICS) Open Science Conference scheduled for 18-23 October 2020 in Crans Montana, Switzerland, has been postponed until October 2021. The potential dates in 2021 could be 10-16 October, but confirmed dates will be advised as soon as possible. See point 9 for all details.

iv. PMIP
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the abstract submission deadline for the PMIP Conference, to be held from 23-30 October 2020 in Nanjing, China, has been extended to 31 July. To encourage more participants, the PMIP2020 Conference will be held both virtually and in-person. Registration will open soon after:

v. Varves Working Group
Group members will conduct PAGES 6th OSM Session 6. Sedimentary varves: High-resolution archives of past climate and environmental change. See point 1 for all details.

11. Future Earth updates

i. Rapid Foresight Survey COVID-19
a. An overview of the survey results are presented in the report "Where is the world headed post-COVID-19? Expected trends in the coming three years." This report summarizes the results of the first in the Rapid Foresight Survey series, which was launched in April to take the pulse of the global population as the world navigates through this COVID-sparked social and economic crisis. It was produced in partnership with Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, with support from ClimateWorks Foundation, and under the guidance of an international team of advisors, which draw from the GRPs, KANs and beyond:
b. Phase II Survey: A great deal has changed in a few short months, and this second round survey is a short follow up to assess how people's perspectives, hopes, and fears are shifting. This survey takes 10 minutes:

ii. New Future Earth Membership Portal
In consultation with community members, the Future Earth Secretariat has developed a new online tool to better engage and empower the dynamic international network of Future Earth. Replacing the Open Network, the Future Earth Membership Portal offers an accessible platform that is simple and easy to navigate, while having the power of bringing the different parts of our community together in new and creative ways. Through the Portal, you can connect with sustainability professionals from all over the world, share news about your activities, and access resources specific to the Future Earth membership, such as the job board, events calendar, member directory, and Future Earth sponsored training and materials:

iii. Future Earth Coasts
The group announced new Co-chairs (elect) Purvaja Ramachandran and Tim Smith and Vice-chair (elect) Mike Elliott. They will lead FEC from 2021-2023:

iv. Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress
The inaugural Future Earth and Belmont Forum Sustainability Research and Innovation Congress (SRI2020) planned for 14-17 June 2020 in Brisbane, Australia, has now been rescheduled to 12-15 June 2021. All accepted sessions will be automatically rolled over into the new Congress program, so you will not need to submit a new proposal. For those who have submitted applications for Popcorn Sessions and Demonstrations, you are invited to re-submit your proposal in the near future. See point 9 for all details.

v. Mountain Research Initiative (MRI)
a. MRI will conduct two sessions at PAGES 6th Open Science Meeting in Morocco in May 2021. All details:
b. Read the June Newsletter:

vi. Global Land Programme (GLP)
Read the latest GLP E-News:

12. World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) updates

i. WCRP Joint Scientific Committee Meeting
The 41st session of the WCRP Joint Scientific Committee was held 18-22 May 2020. Access the report here:

ii. Nominations Open for 2020 Data and Model Development Prizes
Each year WCRP, together with its partners the World Weather Research Programme and the Global Climate Observing System, awards two prizes for notable achievements in data and model development. Nomination deadline is 30 September:

iii. New CMIP paper
A new article published in Science Advances reviews and synthesizes the latest developments in equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS) and transient climate response (TCR) values in WCRP's Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP):

iv. Call for CMIP IPO
WCRP is calling for proposals to host a dedicated project office to support Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) activities and its overall coordination. The deadline for proposals is 31 August:

Read the July Bulletin:

13. Other news and opportunities

a. A webinar on Indigenous and local knowledge dialogue will be held on 16 July from 12:00-14:00 UTC. Register here: Background information:
b. Review of the draft scoping report on assessing the interlinkages among biodiversity, water, food and health in the context of climate change: With reference to notification EM/2020/4 (; 25 February 2020), the draft scoping report for the nexus assessment is open for external review until 31 July. The aim of this review is to increase the policy relevance of this scoping report by engaging Governments and stakeholders early in the process of defining the policy questions that this assessment will address. Please register as a reviewer and to access the document together with instructions on how to submit comments:
c. External review of the draft scoping report for the IPBES transformative change assessment is open until 28 August:

ii. Data analysis workshop
A three-day workshop on "Uncertainties in data analysis" will be held at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Germany, from 30 September to 2 October 2020. All details:

iii. British Ecological Society Palaeoecology Special Interest Group
The first of a series of blog posts discussing paleoecology and top paleoecology papers is now live on the Palaeo-SIG Blog. "Should humans really be blamed for megafauna mass extinction?" by Nika Shilobod (University of Plymouth, UK) is based on the 2013 paper from Mann et al. "Ice-age megafauna in Arctic Alaska: extinction, invasion, survival":

iv. Virtual Palaeoscience
ViPs (Virtual Palaeoscience) is a community-led project to create a shared archive of online palaeoscience teaching resources both as a short-term COVID-19 response and for longer-term enhancement of learning, accessibility and outreach. The Project Team consists of Jane Bunting, Simon Hutchinson, Kim Davies, Nicki Whitehouse and Des McDougall. Following a successful launch meeting in May 2020, the project is setting up working groups to find, evaluate, and bring together existing materials in a single web resource and to create a range of new materials to meet specific needs. In August, these new resources will be presented at a virtual workshop and plans for longer-term projects, including the creation of multi-faceted virtual landscapes, will be developed. All details on how to be involved:

v. New research seminar initiative
PERCS (Paleo EaRly Career Seminars) is a weekly seminar series that promotes and features work by early-career researchers working in the broad field of "Pal(a)eo" sciences (e.g. -ntology, -ecology, -oceanography, -climate). A PERCS seminar takes place on Zoom, and consists of a live streamed short (~30 min) seminar followed by a Q&A session and an opportunity for small group discussion and networking with other attendees using break-out rooms. Talks will be (mostly) weekly, on Tuesdays. Sign up to the seminar series and find out more:

vi. Host the WDS IPO
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. 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 from April 2021. Expressions of Interest should be completed and sent by 31 July using this online form: or by sending the form in the Call (, pages 5–7) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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. In this regard, partial hosting solutions are of interest and will be considered. Contact the WDS-IPO with any questions: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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