PAGES: Always bottom up



In a recent article titled “Back to the Future” (Eos, 16 March, p. 107), L. C. Witton lays out the goals of IGBP-PAGES for the next few years, noting that, “PAGES is aiming to become a truly bottom-up organization that is driven by the insights of individual scientists…”

In fact, PAGES has always been a truly bottom-up organization, and this statement unfortunately fosters the view that it has been otherwise. Those who promote such a view choose to overlook the countless workshops that PAGES has organized, largely at the suggestion of those “at the bottom,” and the numerous publications that have resulted from these meetings. These include reports and recommendations on inter alia: IDEAL—An International Decade for the East African Lakes, the PAGES/CLIVAR Intersection, High Resolution Records of Past Climate from Monsoon Asia, Paleomonsoons in Africa, IMAGES—International Marine Global Change Study, PANASH-Paleoclimates of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, GNIP—Global Network for Isotopes in Precipitation, Continental Drilling for Paleoclimate Records, Climate Impact of Explosive Volcanism, International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition (ITASE), ARTS—Annual Records of Tropical Systems and the Paleoclimate Modelling Intercomparison Project (PMIP) (see