Past Global Changes (PAGES) Updates

Call for PAGES OSM 2017 session suggestions
PAGES’ 5th Open Science Meeting (OSM) will take place from 9-13 May 2017 in Zaragoza, Spain. The Scientific Program Committee has announced an open call for session suggestions. 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 in 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.

Please provide a provisional title, potential conveners and a brief description of your suggested session. The Scientific Program Committee will prepare the program based on your input, aiming at a fair balance between the topics. Proposals should be sent to PAGES’ Executive Director, Marie-France Loutre, at before 1 May 2016.

PAGES Romanian Paleoscience Symposium deadlines
The deadline for abstracts and financial support for PAGES “Central and Eastern Europe Paleoscience Symposium: From Local to Global” to be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, has been extended to 21 March, and symposium registration is 1 April.

Symposium program: 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.

Apply to become a PAGES SSC member
PAGES is calling for applications from scientists to serve on its Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) from 2017. The SSC is the body responsible for overseeing PAGES activities. Scientists serve on the SSC initially for a period of three years, with the potential of renewing for an additional three-year term. Two seats are available for this call and one of them is reserved for a Swiss colleague (Swiss National Science Foundation being one of our financial bodies). Application deadline: 1 May. Apply here.

Propose a new PAGES working group
Submit a proposal for a new PAGES working group by 1 May. Ideas for working groups that would sit within the Environment sector of our new science structure are particularly encouraged in this round.

Apply for PAGES meeting support
PAGES offers meeting support under three categories of workshop: Official PAGES Working Group, Educational, and Open Call. The next deadline for applications is 1 May. The guidelines are available here.

Recent PAGES products
Euro-Med2k working group Luterbacher J et. al. 2016. “European summer
temperatures since Roman times” Environmental Research Letters, Vol 11, No.2.
doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/2/024001

Büntgen U, Myglan VS, Charpentier Ljungqvist F, McCormick M, Di Cosmo N, Sigl
M, Jungclaus J, Wagner S, Krusic PJ, Esper J, Kaplan JO, de Vaan MAC,
Luterbacher J, Wacker L, Tegel W & Kirdyanov AV. 2016. “Cooling and societal
change during the Late Antique Little Ice Age from 536 to around 660 CE“.
Nature Geoscience. doi: 10.1038/ngeo2652

PALSEA2 working group Kopp RE, Kemp AC, Bittermann K, Horton BP, Donnelly JP,
Gehrels WR, Hay CC, Mitrovica JX, Morrow ED & Rahmstorf S. 2016. “Temperature-
driven global sea-level variability in the Common Era“. Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. doi: 10.1073/

PAGES in the News
Both Euro-Med2k papers (Env. Res. Let, and Nat Geosci) received blanket coverage in the media in late January and early February. Recently, the mainstream media has picked up the PALSEA2 paper. Stories about the PALSEA2 paper were in Science, NY Times, Independent, Washington Post, and USA Today to name a few.

Working Group updates
Floods Working Group: A ‘splinter meeting’ has been organized at the EGU conference in Vienna, on Wednesday 20 April, 15:30-17:00 – Room 0.90 (Yellow Floor). This splinter meeting aims at introducing the PAGES Floods WG to the whole geoscience community.

LandCover6k: Short course European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2016, EGU 2016 There will be a short course session on pollen/vegetation modelling approaches (1/2 day) at the EGU 2016 Date : 17-22 April 2016 Venue: Vienna The date and time of the short course is not yet known. The EGU 2016 meeting programme will be available on 2 March 2016. Contact person: Marie-José Gaillard

LandCover6k sessions at conferences:

1. Eighth World Archaeological Congress, WAC8 Dates : 28 August-2 September 2016 Venue: Kyoto, Japan . Session T10 – Science and Archaeology on “Holocene Land Use: A Critical Evaluation for Understanding the History of Human Land Use Dynamics” Deadline for abstract submission: TBA Contact person: Marco Madella

2. 4th Landscape Archaeology Conference LAC 2016 Dates: 23-25 August 2016 Venue: University of Uppsala, Sweden Deadline for paper & poster proposals: 1 April Two sessions: a. “PAGES LandCover6k: mapping past global anthropogenic land cover and land use for climate modelling” Contact: Marie-José Gaillard b. “Land Use and Land Cover Change (LULCC) in pre-colonial sub-Saharan Africa” Contact: Andrea Kay

3. International Palynological Congress Dates: 23-28 October 2016 Venue: Salvador, Brazil Session: SS23 – Pollen-based Holocene land-cover reconstructions for climate modelling – PAGES LandCover6k. Organizers: Marie-José Gaillard, Sonia Fontana, Ralph Fyfe, Konrad Gajewski, Ulrika Herschuh, Anupama Krishnamurthy, Anne-Marie Lézine, Rob Marchant, Jack Williams & Qinghai Xu Abstract deadline: 14 April. Contact person: Marie-José Gaillard

A special issue of LAND (Open Access) Journal ((ISSN 2073-445X), titled “Anthropogenic Anthromes” is calling for abstracts. Submission deadline: 15 October To coincide with the Global Land Project Open Science Meeting in Beijing, 24-27 October 2016.

Ocean2k: A video from the Ocean2k Outreach event at the first Ocean2k working group meeting in Barcelona, Spain, in October 2015 has been loaded onto PAGES’ YouTube page. See what the 100+ students got up to here.

Upcoming deadlines to attend PAGES-supported meetings
Floods Working Group: Cross community workshop on past flood variability 27-30, June 2016, Grenoble (France) Apply by: 15 March, Contacts: Bruno Wilhelm and Stefanie Wirth

2k Network & PMIP: Comparing data and model estimates of hydroclimate variability and change over the Common Era 1-3 June 2016, Palisades, NY, USA Apply by: 15 March, Contact: Jason Smerdon

Regional Integration Theme: Dynamics of socio-ecosystems on a changing Earth: sustainability or collapse? 30 May to 1 June 2016, Chambéry, France Apply by: 15 March, Contact: Fabien Arnaud

LandCover6k: General Workshop (global land cover and land use) Dates: 14.06 – 16.06.2016 Venue: Utrecht, The Netherlands Abstract deadline: TBA, Contacts: Marie-José Gaillard (land-cover); Kathleen Morrison (land use) and Kees Klein-Goldewijk (local organizer)

VICS: 1st VICS Working Group meeting 6-8 June 2016, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, New York, USA Abstract deadline: 1 April How to apply and website details: TBA Contact: Matt Toohey

PAGES Magazine update
The next issue will be on “Tipping Points”, followed by “Climate change and cultural evolution”. Contact Claudio Latorre before 20 March if you would like to submit an article to “Climate change and cultural evolution”.

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