Climatology and Paleoclimatology Resources

The following links will guide you to publications, software, data and various other things pertinent to paleoclimate research.

Climate Data and Information Sites

Here are links to various sites or sources that contain either data pertinent to climatology or paleoclimatology or other information concerning said topics, i.e. further links, data collection methods, etc.

Vegetation and Plant Distribution Map Checklist

Over a hundred links to vegetation maps available online.


Ultimate Tree-Ring Pages

The ultimate source of information about tree rings -- from a primer on dendrochronology to tree-ring articles to extensive links.


Quaternary Environments Network

This contains the "Review and Atlas of Palaeovegetation", a set of preliminary land ecosystem maps of the world since the Last Glacial Maximum.


National Climate Data Center (NCDC)

The world's largest archive of weather data. A good place to start is their NCDC Data Selection Matrix, which is a table showing the various types of data available from the center.



An interactive application that lets you graph and downline data from the world's weather data archive. Available data includes National Weather Surface daily summaries for 16 weather elements, global daily summaries of 12 weather elements, climate division precipitation, temperature and drought data, and Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN) precipitation data.


Global Climate Perspectives System (GCPS)

An interactive application that allows you to plot contour or time series plots of seasonal, annual or monthly temperature and precipitation fields obtained from climatological and satellite data. It will create the plots in either PostScript or GIF format and allows a choice of geographic regions to be plotted.


Geophysical Statistics Project

A multi-year effort to integrate the use of modern statistical techniques in the geosciences.


Phanerozoic Climates Research Project


Paleogeographic Atlas Project

A project located at the University of Chicago wherein palemaps of various periods in the Earth's past are constructed.


NASA Goddard Climate and Radiation Branch

The primary goal of the Climate and Radiation Branch is to conduct basic and applied research with the goal of improving the fundamental understanding of Earth's regional and global climate on a wide range of spatial and temporal scales. Their five major research thrusts are climate analysis, satellite remote sensing, cloud radiative processes, tropospheric aerosols, and theory and modeling. Currents projects include FIRE, GOES, TRMM, TOGA/COARE, and more.


Palynology and Palaeoclimatology Resources

List of resources divided into the categories of quaternary research, palaeontology and palaeobotany, prehistory and archaeology, and related infrormation.



A system of listservers, WWW pages, gopherholes and FTP sites designed to enhance elecronic communication among paleontologists.


Ice Age Paleoecology

Summaries of the author's books and newsletter on paleoecological topics, e.g. quaternary insects, environments, etc.


LDEO Climate Group Data Library

This is both a catalog and a library of datasets which allows you to make plots, tables and files from any dataset, its subsets, or processed versions thereof. Examples include the 1982 and 1994 Levitus climatologies, atmospheric circulation statistics, and topography and bathymetry.


Climate FAQS

There are five FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) documents about climate here. They deal with CLIMAP and the reconstruction of the climate of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), the basics of climate, the effects of CO2 (carbon dioxide) on climate, suggestions for reading about climate, and the possible effects of climate change on sea level. These are all very good summaries for those wishing to learn more about such things.


World Data Center-A for Paleoclimatology

This is located at the NOAA National Geophysical Data Center and contains many types of paleoclimate data. Here is a listing of the data sets available via anonymous FTP that also provides links to the directories in which they reside. There is also a list of what's new at the site.


Paleolimnology and Diatom Site

This is a Web node for paleoecologists and diatomists to locate useful data, programs, information, etc.


INQUA File Boutique

A collection of programs and data files collected and maintained by Louis Maher that pertain to techniques for paleoclimate data handling and analysis. The programs are mostly DOS or Windows executables. executable files.


Canadian Association of Palynologists

A site with information and links of interest to palynologists, including a Dictionary of Quaternary Acronyms and Abbreviations.


Ecology WWW Page

A list of links and information with content of interest to ecologists of various stripes.


Global Change Research Program (GCRP)

A USGS agency, the operational arm of the U.S. Global Change Research Program has a selection of Global Change Data Sets.


Global Hydrology and Climate Center

A project to study the global water cycle and its effect on climate.


Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Climate Group

This information server provides access to several interesting interactive exhibits as well as an interface to a powerful interactive data library and a searchable climate bibliography.


Meterological Data Sources FAQ

Ilana Stern's periodically released two-part guide contains links to many sources of meteorological and climatological data.


Plant Fossil Record Database

This database at the University of East London contains a growing collection of data about plant fossils.


Delphi Project

An attempt to centralize data storage for marine geological paleoclimate research, and as such a database of marine with with the research results therefrom is maintained.


Paleomagnetics and Rock Magnetism Site

This contains information and links to sites that contain information about such things.


Carbon Dioxide Information and Analysis Center (CDIAC)

An archive containing data pertaining to atmospheric and climate change. Examples include CO2 concentration, sea level change, land and sea surface temperatures, etc. A hierarchical and more detailed listing of the contents is also available.


National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC)

This contains information about how to obtain snow and ice data from both the present and the past.


CIESIN Global Change Information Network

The Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) was created to address environmental management issues. It's mission is to facilitate access to, use and understanding of global change information world wide.


Last checked or updated: Feb. 28, 1996

S. Baum
Dept. of Oceanography
Texas A&M University


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