Skip to main content


A Long View of California’s Climate

May 17, 2019
Using data dating back to the 16th century, a new study looks closely at long-term patterns to understand California’s wildfires.

Going Batty for Ancient Climate Data

November 2, 2018
NCEI just archived its first paleoclimate dataset that reconstructs ancient climate conditions using bat guano.

How Do Scientists Study Ancient Climates?

August 21, 2018
Paleoclimatologists study ancient climates by looking for clues in Earth’s natural environmental records.

California Dryness and Recovery Challenge Multi-Century Odds

August 14, 2018
A new study finds that one of California’s worst dry spells in 450 years has less than a one percent chance of recovering within two years.

Planet Postcard: Glacial Revelations

August 22, 2018
Glaciers are much more than meets the eye. They provide a window into the past and perhaps, a glimpse into our future.

What Have We Learned from Paleoclimatology?

August 10, 2018
Paleoclimate data help scientists evaluate climate change centuries into the past and develop estimates of future change.

Finding Paleoclimate Data Just Got Easier

August 14, 2018
Finding the paleoclimate data you need among the thousands of studies we make available is simpler than ever before.

How Can Little Critters Teach Us About Climate?

August 9, 2018
Pack rats gather plant materials and accumulate them in dry caves and crevices, where they are preserved for thousands of years.

How Can Caves Teach Us About Climate?

August 14, 2018
One of nature’s awe-inspiring creations, caves and their rock formations provide a unique glimpse into Earth’s past climate.

How Can Ice Teach Us About Climate?

August 14, 2018
Ice cores contribute to our view of Earth’s climate, providing insight into where our planet has been and might be going.