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A Paleo Perspective on Global Warming DLESE Reviewed Collection
NOAA's Paleoclimatology Program is working with scientists from around the world to study past climate in hopes of achieving a better understanding of the Earth's present and future climate. This site was developed to help educate, inform and highlight the importance of paleoclimate research; as well as to show how paleoclimate research relates to global warming and other important issues of climate variability and change. There are two sections to this site: the Story and the Data. The story gives the user a background on climate issues and the scienctific study of climate variability. The goal of the Data section is to offer a comprehensive look at the instrumental and paleoclimatic data that tells us how the Earth's temperature has changed over the past years to the millennia. A Spanish translation is available.
Intended for grade levels:
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
  • College (15-16)
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
    • Photograph
  • Text:
    • Ref. material
    • Abstract / Summary
    • Report
  • Dataset:
    • In-situ
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Environmental science
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Paleontology
  • Policy issues
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Information presented on these pages is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-167
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
        • Evolution and equilibrium
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Interactions of energy and matter
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Historical perspectives
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Earth Science Sites of the Week Archive'
This resource is referenced by 'National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: Paleoclimatology Program'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: C. Mark Eakin
NOAA Paleoclimatology Program and Director

Contact: Mark McCaffrey
University of Colorado