Dig deeper! Why do we care about lake sediments?

by Alicja Bonk

Summer at the lake

Many people, when asked what they think about when they hear the word "lake", immediately answer "swimming", "summer" or "fish" (especially if the person asked is a fishing enthusiast). In this post, I will try to show you that lakes have even more to offer. To be more specific, I will explain why lake sediments in particular are of high interest to many people.

Why does all of this mud matter?

The answer to this question is quite complex. Lakes are considered as one of the best natural archives to track environmental and climatic changes because they store all information available not only from their direct catchment (Fig. 1) but also from a bigger area. It might come as a surprise to some, but climatic fluctuations, fires, human activities (eg. industry, agriculture) and many other factors can be tracked with the use of lake sediments.

The biggest advantage of lake sediments is that the life cycle of a lake is rel…

A scenario for sustainable energy and water systems integration in urban areas

by Renata Mikalauskiene

Reliability and quality of energy and water is a global concern that impacts the daily life of the 21st century civilization.
Water and energy are intricately linked and should be managed as interrelated resources. The concept of the energy and water nexus refers to the relationship between the water used for energy production including both electricity and sources of fuel and the energy consumed to extract, purify, deliver, treat and dispose of water or/and wastewater.

Rising demand for energy has the potential to significantly increase water consumption. Energy producers and consumers seek to evaluate their energy options and developing policies that apply appropriate financial carrots and sticks to various technologies to encourage sustainable energy production, including cost, carbon, and security considerations. Energy and water nexus needs to be part of this debate, particularly how communities will manage the trade-offs between water and energy at the loca…

Convening a conference session: A recommendation letter

by Stella Alexandroff

Different people benefit from conferences in different ways, with varying success and comfort levels. 

You might love public speaking or you might feel nauseous from the very thought of walking up to the podium. You might ask yourself where on earth the advice originated from that you should picture the audience without clothes; a room full of naked colleagues with their eyes fixed on you would not necessarily make you feel any less uneasy.

You might love to mingle and engage in fruitful and inspiring discussions at poster sessions. You might find yourself face-to-face with a renowned scientist from your field, your first instinct being to ask them for an autograph (or a job), but after careful consideration you settle for feeling nervous and acting like a fool instead.
If you are like me, you might develop a whole new set of insecurities when standing next to your poster, trying to figure out how to attract readers and encourage conversations, but at the same tim…

A short story of the struggle to get long records of air temperature in Toruń, Central Poland

by Aleksandra Pospieszyńska

My latest paper concerns climate changes during the instrumental measurements period (1871–2010) in Toruń, which is located in Central Poland (Europe).
The climate is constantly changing. Some of these changes can be noticed over the course of a human life. Other changes are visible only on longer time scales.

In this post, we will look closely at the changes observed during the period of instrumental measurements.

Why do we need the longest and the best quality of measurement series in studies on climate history?

Longer series of measurements allow us to determine how the climate changes with greater accuracy, and to calibrate models, both for the reconstruction of the climate in the past and its predictions for the future.

The minimum period that can be considered in climatological research is 30 years. If we look at the last 30 years, we are dealing with a remarkably rapid increase in air temperature. Conversely, if we take another period, for example 1940–197…

Welcome to The Early Pages!

What this is about...
This blog is intended to increase the visibility of early-career researchers (ECRs) within the scientific community and to make their voices heard. The blog focuses on the scientific work, experiences, and opinions of researchers who are just starting their careers. ECRs from all fields of paleosciences* are encouraged to be involved in creating this blog, and everybody is invited to comment on existing posts and spread the word. 

...and how it came to be
The idea of creating an early-researchers group was born at the 3rdYoung Scientists Meeting ofPAGES(Past Global Changes), a core project of Future Earth and scientific partner of the World Climate Research Programme. The Young Scientists Meeting took place in May 2017 in Morillo de Tou, Spain, and featured about 80 early-career researchers, lots of sun and wine, evening astronomy and folk-dance lessons, a few obligatory mosquitoes, and of course a marathon of training and science! During the meeting, breakout groups…