The idea behind the Past Earth Network (PEN) is that much can be learned about how our climate models will perform in a changed climate, by studying past climate. To make this happen, the network will improve communication between Palaeo-climate scientists and statisticians. The network will hold conference events and working group meetings to discuss four themes surrounding climate change modelling and statistical methods. These meetings will promote discourse between disciplines and direct research concerning climate palaeodata and models. To become a member of the network please visit this link.
Following the success of last years PEN stall at the Yorkshire Fossil Festival, we will be attending again. Come and find Alex Dunhill at the fossil fest in Scarborough to see how fossils are being used to recreate the climates of the past.
The Past Earth Network recently held a call for feasibility studies, the proposals we received were all very high quality, and the decision process was difficult. Six studies have now been awarded, for more details visit: http://www.pastearth.net/feasibility_call.html.
We would like to thank all those who submitted proposals to the PEN Feasibility study call. Each of the submissions received was of high quality, and the decision process will not be an easy one. The assessment panel will be working throughout this month to make a decision by early November, when the successful proposals will be announced. Again we would like to extend our thanks to all the PEN members who took part in the process.
The Past Earth network teamed up with the environmental section of the royal society to hold a workshop on "Assessing Palaeoclimate uncertainty". The workshop was a three day event framed around five themes of Palaeocliamte modeling and the uncertainties regarding recorded data, models, and their outputs. For a summary of the event click
The Past Earth network is excited to announce the call for feasibility studies. The network has funds available for members to perform studies which address the network and working group goals. Network members at EPSRC eligible institutions are welcome to submit proposals, for further informarion regarding eligibility, proposal submission and assessment criteria please visit the call page, and download the call document.
Please visit the link to sign-up for the 2016 PEN-ESS workshop from the 24-26 August, held by the Comparisons and Models working groups. The workshop web-page has all the information regarding the event. Attendance is £80.00 and space is limited, so sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/workshop-assessing-paleoclimate-uncertainty-tickets-25480468768#tickets
The EPSRC Living with Environmental Change Maths Foresees Network is inviting proposals for feasibility studies, outreach projects and focused mathematics workshops.
The Past Earth Network (PEN) is happy to announce that it is able to provide some funding for the session "Marrying palaeo data records and paleoclimate modelling within a statistical framework" at the AGU Fall Meeting of 2016. This session is being convened by PEN Steering Committee members Alan Haywood (University of Leeds), Aisling Dolan (University of Leeds), Tamsin Edwards (Open University) and Emilie Capron (University of Copenhagen). The session covers inherent uncertainties surrounding the interpretation of proxy data (e.g. seasonal biases, age model uncertainties, geographical and temporal sparsity of records) and the simulation of past climates (e.g. inter-model differences and parameterisation uncertainty). The convenors welcome abstract submissions from any time period (especially pre-Quaternary) that address the following challenges: (1) Quantification of error and uncertainty in palaeo proxy records; (2) Quantification of uncertainty in complex models; (3) Methodologies which enable statistically robust model-data comparison, taking into account the nature and sparsity of data and model uncertainties; (4) Forecasting and future climate projections based on palaeoclimate analysis. AGU abstract submission opens on the 15th June 2016.
The PEN would like to thank those that showed up to the PEN dinner at EGU. We hope that it was an enjoyable and informative event. If you joined us at EGU or even became a member through the meeting, please let us know on Twitter! @pastearth
If you have received funding from the PEN to give a talk or seminar then please use the following links (or find them in the downloads section) to download the acknowledgement slide in powerpoint or PDF format to include them in your presentation:
We are excited to see the PEN around the world at conferences and seminars!
We would like to the thank those that attended the PEN dinner during AGU Fall conference in San Francisco on 17 December 2015. The meeting was a well received rest-bite from the bustle of AGU with over 20 attendees from multiple research backgrounds. PEN will host more meetings in 2016 so keep an eye on the mailing lists for invitations. To join the PEN click here and you will be subscribed to the mailing list too.
Alan Haywood of the PEN will be giving a talk "Understanding Earth's Climate Evolution using Data and Models" at the Manchester Geological Association on Saturady 5th December at 13:00 find more at this link
We are happy to announce that the following nominees have agreed to lead the working groups:
Congratulations go to Rhian Rees-Owen for winning the poster competition (link to winning poster) at the PEN Conference. The runners up were Paul Bachem, Thomas Hearing and Dominic Huelse
The conference has kicked off at Crewe Hall. Over 80 scientists from climate data, modelling, statistics and numerous other backgrounds
Conference registration is now closed. All registered members should recieve emails instructing them how to proceed. There has been an extremeley positive response and the conference is shaping up to be a great event.
We have re-evaluated the budget and are happy to announce that the conference registration fee will remain at £100 therefore there is no longer a late registration period.
We are happy to announce our Keynote speakers for the PEN conference on 1/9/2015. Prof. Mat Collins, Prof. Tim Herbert, Prof. Stephen Juggins, Prof. Dan Lunt, Dr. Andrew Parnell, Dr. Jonty C. Rougier and Prof. Paul Valdes will be giving talks on the four themes of the network.
We are happy to announce the first PEN Conference will take place 1-4 September 2015 at Crewe Hall. Please visit the conference page for more information.
Please find the membership form to become a member of the PEN.
February 13th saw the first meeting of the Steering Committee and Stakeholder Advisory Board.
As of January 26th the Past Earth Network became fully active, commencing activities with the first stakeholder and steering committee meetings early February.