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PaST Thesaurus

The Paleoenvironmental Standard Terms (PaST) Thesaurus defines measured variables by describing the quantity measured, the material on which it was measured, reported error, units, analytical or statistical methods, transformations made to raw data, reconstructed seasonality, data type, and data format. These terms make data easier to discover, use, and reuse within a variety of programs and software.

The PaST thesaurus is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number 1545762 and is maintained by the World Data Service (WDS) for Paleoclimatology. Data contributors are required to use terms from the PaST Thesaurus, or propose new terms in their submissions.

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