Paleoceanography data are derived from many proxies found in deep-sea sediments including trace metal and isotopic composition of fossil plankton, species composition, and lithology. The World Data Center (WDC) archives data for all times in the past. You are likely to find data relevant to the Past Global Changes (PAGES) and PAGES-CLIVAR timescales in our relational database, while data for older geologic times (more than 1 million years before present) will be found only in the by contributor directory of our FTP site. Coral and mollusk data are archived in their own sub-directories.
Obtaining Data at the World Data Center
Paleoceanography Search Engine
Search through paleoceanography studies using Investigator, Title, Location Name, Parameters, and Latitude/Longitude Bounds.
Google Earth Map
Locate and download paleoceanography studies using a Google Earth map interface. Google Earth must be installed to use this search tool.
Search All Paleoclimatology Data
A free text search of our entire study archive.
- List of Paleoceanography Datasets by Title and Investigator
- List of Paleoceanography Datasets by Location Name
- Paleoceanography Datasets from Our FTP Site
Climate: Long-range Investigation, Mapping, and Prediction (CLIMAP)
A major initiative to produce a map of climate conditions during the last glacial maximum.
Healy-Oden Trans Arctic Expedition (HOTRAX)
Grain size, X-Ray fluorescence (XRF), and reflectance data from the Arctic.
Multiproxy Approach for the Reconstruction of the Glacial Ocean Surface (MARGO)
Integrated microfossil and geochemical reconstructions of surface temperatures and assessments of the reliability of individual records.
Nitrogen Cycle in the Ocean, Past and Present (NICOPP)
A database of global ocean marine sedimentary d15N measurements from both seafloor samples and sub-seafloor records.
Spectral Mapping Project (SPECMAP)
Global archive of planktonic counts and isotope values, age and sea surface temperature models, and sea surface temperature estimates.
Relative Sea Level Database
Radiocarbon-controlled relative sea level histories from 392 sites around the globe.
Calcium Carbonate Database
This dataset contains calcium carbonate percentage data from 295 marine sediment cores, as well as 14C dates or age models as available.
Fossil Plankton Stratigraphies
Foraminifer census counts and sea surface temperature estimates derived from marine sediment cores from the North Atlantic Ocean.
Other Data Archives
- Index to Marine and Lacustrine Geological Samples (IMLGS)
- Marine Geology and Geophysics at the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC)
- Ocean Drilling Program Janus Database
- PANGAEA Earth and Environmental Science Database
- International Marine Global Change Study (IMAGES)
- Related Paleoclimatology Journals