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Climate TimeLine Information Tool
The Climate TimeLine (CTL) Information Tool summarizes climate history for time spans from 1 year to 100,000 years ago and beyond. The relation between human development, weather, and climate is explored. The CTL explains how past climate is measured, provides basic information on paleoclimatology, and explains the use of paleo proxies. There is a tutorial on drought and how to use the CTL to investigate that topic. There is also a climate glossary and links to climate and paleoclimate data.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Glossary
    • Ref. material
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Human geography
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Paleontology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
The information on government web pages is in the public domain unless specifically annotated otherwise (copyright may be held elsewhere) and may therefore be used freely by the public.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-002-680
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
        • Origin and evolution of the earth system
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Nature of scientific knowledge
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How physical systems affect human systems
    • Places and regions:
      • The physical and human characteristics of places
    • The world in spatial terms:
      • How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
      • How to use mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Mark McCaffrey
NOAA Paleoclimatology Program

Contact: Bruce Bauer
National Climatic Data Center, Paleoclimatology Branch
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Publisher: National Geophysical Data Center
http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/index.html