Advancing community-led research into the climate of the Common Era
AbstractThe past two thousand years is a key interval for climate science. This period encompasses both the era of human-induced global warming and a much longer interval when changes in Earth’s climate were governed principally by natural drivers and unforced variability. Since 2009, the Past Global Changes (PAGES) 2k Network has brought together hundreds of scientists from around the world to reconstruct and understand the climate of the Common Era using open and collaborative approaches to palaeoclimate science, including virtual meetings. Here we present highlights of some of the key outputs from the network and will discuss the results of a recent community survey on the future of PAGES 2k, as its third phase will end in December 2021. We will present the key themes and scientific questions that have emerged from the community survey and explore how these might form the focus of a new phase of PAGES 2k or of a successor project. We aim to further reach out to the community to foster post-2021 community-led initiatives that connect past and present climate.