The following links will guide you to publications, software,
data and various other things pertinent to paleoclimate research.
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,
- Over a hundred links to vegetation maps available online.
- The ultimate source of information about tree rings -- from a primer
on dendrochronology to tree-ring articles to extensive links.
- This contains the "Review and Atlas of Palaeovegetation",
a set of preliminary land ecosystem maps of the world since
the Last Glacial Maximum.
- 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
- 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
- A multi-year effort to integrate the use of modern
statistical techniques in the geosciences.
- A project located at the University of Chicago wherein
palemaps of various periods in the Earth's past are constructed.
- 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.
- 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.
- Summaries of the author's books and newsletter on paleoecological
topics, e.g. quaternary insects, environments, etc.
- 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.
- 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.
- This is located at the NOAA
National Geophysical Data Center and contains many types
of paleoclimate data. Here is a
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.
- This is a Web node for paleoecologists and diatomists to
locate useful data, programs, information, etc.
- 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.
- A site with information and links of interest to
palynologists, including a
Dictionary of Quaternary Acronyms and Abbreviations.
- A list of links and information with content of interest
to ecologists of various stripes.
- A USGS agency,
the operational arm of the
U.S. Global Change Research Program
has a selection of
Global Change Data Sets.
- A project to study the global water cycle and its effect on climate.
- This information server provides access to several interesting
interactive exhibits as well as an interface to a powerful
data library and a
searchable climate bibliography.
- Ilana Stern's
periodically released two-part
guide contains links to many
sources of meteorological and climatological data.
- This database at the University of East London
contains a growing collection of data about plant fossils.
- 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.
- This contains information
and links to sites that contain information about such things.
- 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
of the contents is also available.
- This contains
information about how to obtain snow and ice data from both the
present and the past.
- 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