Lake datasets are made up of a variety of measurements from lake sediments and bog deposits that can be used to indicate past water temperature, physical properties, biology, and chemistry. The study of past conditions of inland freshwater bodies is called paleolimnology.
Accessing Data at the World Data Service for Paleoclimatology
Search Lake Datasets
Search through lake data studies using Investigator, Title, Location Name, Parameters, and Latitude/Longitude Bounds.
Search All Paleoclimatology Data
A free text search of our entire archive.
Select study locations by region, proximity to a point, or text-based attributes.
Google Earth Map
Locate and download lake data studies using a Google Earth map interface. Google Earth must be installed to use this search tool.
NCEI Paleo Web Service
Use the NCEI Paleo Web Service to access lake study metadata records.
Browse Lake Datasets
To contribute to the Lake data archive, review our instructions for contributing data. Prospective data providers can email email@example.com to submit data and study description information.
Other Data Archives
Additional sources outside of NCEI for data and information on lake sediments and climate science.