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Paleo Perspectives
This site offers information on two aspects of paleoclimatology, North American drought and global warming. Each topic is addressed via a narrative background (The Story) and instrumental and paleoclimatic data (The Data). The section entitled North American Drought: A Paleo Perspective, describes drought in the historical and paleoclimatic records and is designed to help educate, inform and highlight the history and importance of drought as well as to show how paleoclimate research relates to drought and other important issues of climate variability and change. Drought data is categorized by four major time periods and includes an Appendix of Drought Reconstruction Data Sets. The section entitled A Paleo Perspective...On Global Warming, describes the importance of paleoclimate research in its relation to global warming and other climate variability and change. The data section offers a comprehensive look at the instrumental and paleoclimatic data that tells us how the Earth's temperature has changed over the millennia. There are also links to other global warming sites and an image gallery.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Photograph
    • Visualization - scientific
Subject:
  • Climatology
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geologic time
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
These slides were contributed by scientists for educational purposes only. To ensure that the scientific community continues to make valuable contributions to the NOAA Paleoclimatology Program's Slide Sets and Image Galleries, we ask that you not use these slides for any commercial purposes. Commercial use violates the trust we have built up within the scientific community, and will seriously damage our ability to provide future materials that improve the quality of scientific education. When used for educational purposes, proper citation must be given to the originator of the image (these citations are located next to or below the image).
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-000-990
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Paleoclimatology Program


Contributor: Dr C. Mark Eakin
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Paleoclimatology Program

Contributor: Dr David Anderson
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Paleoclimatology Program

Contributor: Dr Connie Woodhouse
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Paleoclimatology Program