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The World Data Service for Paleoclimatology distributes archives of paleoclimatology indicators derived from historical references and documentary evidence, such as church records, harvest dates, harbor ice free dates, and ship logs.

Map of Manila Galleons Voyage, Garcia et al.

Accessing Data at the World Data Service for Paleoclimatology

Search Historical Datasets

Search through historical studies using Investigator, Title, Location Name, Parameters, and Latitude/Longitude Bounds.

Launch Historical Data Search

Search All Paleoclimatology Data

Access a free text search of our entire archive.

Launch Paleo Data Search

Interactive Map

Select study locations by region, proximity to a point, or text-based attribute.

Launch Interactive Map

Google Earth Map

Locate and download historical studies using a Google Earth map interface. Google Earth must be installed to use this search tool.

Download KMZ File

NCEI Paleo Web Service

Use the NCEI Paleo Web Service to access historical study metadata records.

API Documentation

Contributing Data

To contribute to the historical paleoclimatology archive, review our instructions for contributing data. Prospective data providers can email to submit data and study description information.

Other Resources

Additional sources for data and information on historical and documentary data:

Trieste 2008 Workshop Report on Documentary Data