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Paleo Education and Outreach

These resources explain how scientists study past climate, demonstrate the value of paleoclimatology in climate change science, and provide images and illustrations of paleoclimatology research.


Paleoclimate Discussion List

Join the forum for discussions and announcements, including employment opportunities, among paleoclimatologists throughout the world at the Paleoclimate Discussion List.

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Introduction to Paleoclimatology

Paleoclimatology is the study of climate prior to the widespread availability of records of temperature, precipitation, and other instrumental data, using proxy data to study ancient climates. Paleoclimatologists have used proxy data to learn about Earth's climate history, including evidence of ancient droughts.

What is Paleoclimatology?

Paleo Perspectives

NCEI’s Paleoclimatology Program created a series of Paleo Perspectives to show how paleoclimatology data provide a long baseline of past changes.

Perspectives Index

Paleoclimatology Images

Images and documentation provide historical information on a variety of paleoclimatology subjects, including ice ages, tree rings, ice cores, coral reefs, and more.

Paleo Image Library

News and Explainers