APN at the 2010 PAGES Regional Workshop in Japan 5-6 June 2010, Nagoya University, Japan

As part of APN’s efforts to align its scientific research agenda with the global change research programmes, Ms. Kristine Garcia, Coordinator, APN Secretariat, participated at the 2010 PAGES Regional Workshop held in Nagoya University on 5-6 June 2010. The workshop was organised by Past Global Changes (PAGES) and Nagoya University Global Center of Excellence “From Earth System Science to Basic and Clinical Environmental Studies”. It provided the Japanese palaeoscientists a platform to present results of their research studies and an opportunity to interact with the Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) Members of PAGES.

The workshop posters and presentations were structured based on the Scientific Foci and Cross-Cutting Themes (CCT) of PAGES: Focus 1-Climate Forcings; Focus 2-Regional Climate Dynamics; Focus 3-Global Earth System Dynamics; Focus 4-Past Human-Climate-Ecosystem Interactions; CCT1-Chrnology; CCT2-Proxy Development Calibration Validation; CCT3-Modeling; and CCT4-Data Management. The SSC Members of PAGES delivered keynote speech for each Focus and Theme followed by presentations from Japanese paleoscientists. In general, the workshop was dynamic as the participants actively engaged in asking questions and providing suggestions after each presentation. Thus, the workshop served as a mechanism to exchange new ideas and insights in palaeoscience research. PAGES’ ongoing and future international efforts in coordinating and promoting past global change research were also reported to the participants.

Ms. Garcia gave a short presentation about the APN and its activities. She highlighted the synergies between the science agenda of the APN and PAGES. She also emphasised that the APN is keen on reviving the relationship between the two organisations. In the past, the APN provided support to some of the PAGES’ events that were held within the Asia-Pacific region. Ms. Garcia thanked Dr. Thorsten Kiefer, Executive Director of PAGES International Project Office (IPO) for the invitation and the opportunity to introduce the APN to Japanese palaeoscientists and the PAGES SSC Members. Dr. Kiefer expressed similar interest in resuming the collaborative efforts between PAGES and APN.

PAGES (http://www.pages-igbp.org) was founded in 1991 as a Core Project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP).