Second Workshop of PAGES Varves Working Group

Second Workshop of PAGES Varves Working Group — SECOND ANNOUNCEMENT
17-19 March 2011, Corpus Christi, TX (USA)

The PAGES Varves Working Group ( will hold its Second Workshop in Corpus Christi, TX (USA) in March 2011. The workshop, entitled “Learning from Other Communities”, will be focused on the development of robust varve chronologies based on what can be learned from other paleo communities that use non-sedimentary, annually resolved climate archives. Keynote addresses will be delivered by experts from the tree ring, ice core, coral, and speleothem communities to learn about their tools and methodologies, and how “best-practice” techniques in these adjacent fields can be applied and adapted to varved sediments. This follows a successful first workshop held in Estonia in April 2010 that focused on recent methodological advances in exploiting varved paleoclimate records.

Participation in this workshop will be by invitation, and will be limited to 50 people in order to enable an effective, interactive environment. Invitations will be extended based on the workshop organizing committee’s review of short, two page applications.

Applications from early career scientists (new faculty/researchers, post-docs, and graduate students) and under-represented groups (minorities, women, and persons with disabilities) are strongly encouraged. We expect that travel support to help encourage participation by these groups will be available.

Completed applications should be submitted by 1 February 2011. Given the limit on attendance, applications to attend and receive support may not be able to be considered if received after that date.

The workshop is timed to immediately precede the AGU Chapman Conference on Climates, Past Landscapes, and Civilizations to be held in Santa Fe, NM to allow participation in both conferences on a single trip.

A detailed workshop circular as well as the short, two page application is available on the PAGES Varves Working Group website at:

Any questions and inquiries should be directed to:
Mark Besonen (Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi)
tel: +1.361.825.2043; e-mail:
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Pierre Francus (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique)
tel: +1.418.654.3780; e-mail:

We look forward to your participation at this workshop in March!

The workshop organizing committee:
Mark Besonen (Texas A&M University—Corpus Christi) Pierre Francus (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Québec) Richard Behl (California State University, Long Beach) Martin Grosjean (University of Bern) Antti E.K. Ojala (Geological Survey of Finland) Bernd Zolitschka (University of Bremen)