Past Global Changes (PAGES) Announcements

1. PAGES Romanian Symposium
Abstract submissions and applications for financial support are now open for PAGES’ “Central and Eastern Europe Paleoscience Symposium: From Local to Global” to be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, from 23-26 May 2016. Deadlines: Abstract and financial support deadline: 1 March. Symposium registration deadline: 1 April. Schedule: Monday 23-Tuesday 24 May: Paleoscience Symposium. Monday 23 May: Conference dinner – optional. Wednesday 25-Thursday 26 May: Overnight field trip to the Apuseni Mountains – optional.

2. PAGES Magazine updates
The latest issue of Past Global Changes Magazine: Volcanoes and Climate is now available to read and download. This issue highlights how volcanic eruptions represent some of the most climatically important and societally disruptive short-term events in human history. It focuses on the history, processes, and consequences of large eruptions and how they affect the climate system.
The next issue will be on “Tipping Points” (contributions now closed), followed by “Climate change and cultural evolution”. Contact Claudio Latorre before March 20 if would like to submit an article to “Climate Change and cultural evolution”.

3. Three new working groups
PAGES will officially launch three new working groups in February.

    • Climate Variability Across Scales: from centuries to millennia (CVAS)
      aims to develop statistical and modeling tools for analyzing and comparing
      time series and spatial distributions focusing on centennial and millennial
      time scales; prepare paleoclimate compilations (in both space and time),
      consistent with respect to their centennial and millennial scale variability,
      and to properly account for the role of variability in proxy recording on top
      of climate variability; better understand, quantify and assess climate
      variability in time and space, while taking into account intrinsic fo(often
      scale dependent) uncertainties; and develop open-source and easy to use
      software for above data analysis.
    • Forest Dynamics aims to compile a spatial geodatabase of reconstructed disturbances from the sedimentary and dendroecology disciplines; synthesize forest disturbance dynamics through integrate sedimentary palaeoecological and dendroecological disturbance histories; and assess the shifting drives of vegetation dynamics during the Holocene.
    • Global PaleoFire Working Group 2 (GPWG2) will continue the work from
      the original Global Paleofire Working Group. They have four main objectives –
      integrate paleofire data with models to establish robust estimates of baseline
      trends and variability in fire regimes and carbon emissions on orbital to
      decadal time scales and at regional to global spatial scales; develop
      paleofire research projects that support fire managers, fire-risk assessment
      and sustainable fire management; use coupled data-model projects to address
      challenges in conservation, restoration, and biodiversity maintenance under
      changing climate conditions; and build capacity for advancing paleofire
      science in developing countries and among early-career researchers.

4. Upcoming deadlines to attend PAGES working group meetings

LandCover6k: Human land use and subsistence history over the Holocene. European Association for Archaeologists (EAA) conference session (Vilnius, Lithuania, 31 August – 4 September 2016)
Abstract deadline: 15 February 2016

Global Paleofire Working Group 2: Fire history baselines by biome, Coordinators: Anne-Laure Daniau and Tim Brücher Near Bordeaux, France, 25-29 September 2016 Contact: Anne-Laure Daniau,
Application deadline: 15 February 2016

European Pollen Database meeting and training, 1-3 June 2016, Aix-en-Provence, France
Contact: Thomas Giesecke, Apply by: 28 February 2016

Floods Working Group: Cross community workshop on past flood variability
The Floods Working Group will hold its first workshop in Grenoble (France) on June 27-30, 2016. Information on how to apply is available through the website. Contacts: Bruno Wilhelm or Stefanie Wirth
Application deadline: 15 March 2016 (extended from 1 March).

Regional Integration Theme: Dynamics of socio-ecosystems on a changing Earth:
sustainability or collapse? 20 May-1 June 2016, Chambéry, France, Contact person: Fabien Arnaud
Application deadline: 15 March 2016

2k Network & PMIP: Comparing data and model estimates of hydroclimate variability and change over the Common Era 1-3 June 2016, Palisades, NY, USA, Contact person: Jason Smerdon, Deadlines still to be advised.

Modeling isotope ratios in proxy climate records, 2-5 May 2016, Friday Harbour, USA
Contact person: David Noone, Deadlines still to be advised.

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