The PEN held a call in summer 2016 for network members to submit feasibility studies. There was an excellent range of proposals and after a difficult decision process six were awarded funding through the PEN. We would like to thank all those that participated in the call, and helped make the awards possible.
The following proposals were successfully funded and will take place throughout 2017.
Moving forward with forward models – synthesising past water tables from multiple peat cores - (PI) Maarten Blaauw, Queen's University Belfast
Emulating the Isotope Response to Changes in the Geometry of the Antarctic Ice Sheet - (PI) Louise Sime, BAS
A novel statistical approach for palaeoclimate spatial model-data comparison - (PI) Richard Wilkinson, University of Sheffield
Searching for the deglaciation: spatio-temporal boundary condition uncertainty and its implications for understanding abrupt climate change - (PI) Daniel Williamson, University of Exeter
Tackling uncertainty in rainfall projections with past changes - (PI) Peter Hopcroft, University of Bristol
Automated tuning of Palaeoclimate records - (PI) Timothy Heaton, University of Sheffield
The assessment process was particularly difficult due to the overall high standard of proposals, the PEN would like to thank everyone who submitted.
Proposals were ranked by a panel of Working Group Leaders and Steering Committee members. Applications were assessed according to the following criteria:
How well the proposal aligns with the goals of the network and the chosen working group(s).
Scientific quality of the project, including the appropriate use of statistical methodology.
How well the project furthers interactions between the different scientific areas of the network.
How relevant any outputs of the proposed project are to the network, and how likely it is that these outputs are achieved.
The proposals for each working group will be ranked according to these criteria and the top proposals for each group (up to the budget limit) will be funded.