Published: Tuesday, 01 November 2016 16:26
Paleoclimatology is a data-driven science, so being able to share your data, or re-use your colleague’s, is essential. Unfortunately, data standards are currently lacking - a study shows that searching and formatting data takes up to 80% of the time spent analyzing it. PAGES is pleased to collaborate on a grassroots effort to fix this and encourages your involvement.
The EarthCube-supported LinkedEarth project, which contributes to PAGES’ Data Stewardship initiative, is creating a publicly-accessible online database platform, curated by paleoclimate experts, to:
1. foster the development of community standards;
2. enable cutting-edge data-analytic tools to be built and applied to a wider array of datasets than ever before; and
3. support next-generation paleoclimate research.
A discussion about community data standards for paleoclimatology started in June 2016 at the Workshop on Paleoclimate Data Standards and is now continuing online via the LinkedEarth wiki. Interested members of the paleoclimate community are encouraged to join the discussion, participate in the associated polls, and be involved in data standard Working Groups (WGs), centered around paleoclimate archives such as sediment cores, trees, coral, speleothem, etc, in addition to cross-cutting topics like chronologies and uncertainties. The central idea of wikis is that “many hands make light work”, so even 15 minutes of your time can go a long way.
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Published: Tuesday, 25 October 2016 17:00
A new study from the PAGES-endorsed Varves Working Group identifies urban expansion as the reason for low-oxygen rates in European lakes beginning in 1850.
Written by Jean-Philippe Jenny et al. and published yesterday in PNAS, "Urban point sources of nutrients were the leading cause for the historical spread of hypoxia across European lakes" uses a compilation of data from 1500 European watersheds to identify the relative role of different drivers in initiating hypolimnetic hypoxia, a critical indicator of lake health.
The authors also discovered a significant acceleration in the spread of lacustrine hypoxia in the 1900s - well before the general use of commercial fertilizers in the mid-20th century and the onset of supraregional climate warming in the 1970s.
Read the Canadian INRS (Institut national de la recherche scientifique) press release here.
Access the article here.