NCDC Coauthored Paper Gets Vast Online Attention in Nature Geoscience
At the end of June 2013, the NCDC coauthored paper, “Continental-scale temperature variability during the last two millennia,” ranked number one in online attention in Nature Geoscience. As of mid-July, the article continues to receive a considerable amount of online attention and still ranks second among articles of similar age in the journal. The article has had over 12,000 page views on the Nature Geoscience website. With an Altmetric Score of 344, it is in the 99th percentile for articles of similar age in ALL journals ranked by online attention. Nature Geoscience uses Altmetric to track the attention that their scholarly articles receive online by measuring data from social media, mainstream and science-specific traditional media, and online reference managers.
NCDC was a member of the primary author team that produced this first-of-its kind synthesis and analysis of continental-scale surface temperature over the past 2,000 years, which is described in the paper. The authors of the paper found that nearly all continental regions experienced a long-term cooling trend followed by recent warming during the 20th century. This study adds to the considerable scientific evidence that global warming in the 20th century, other than in interior Antarctica, represents a clear change from prior long-term temperature trends.
This publication is also the first of several planned by the “PAGES 2k Network,” a larger international paleoscientific effort to understand regional climates of the past 2,000 years, coordinated by the Past Global Changes (PAGES) Program. In addition to our scientists’ efforts in producing these types of studies and papers, NCDC also serves as the data hub and archive for the entire PAGES 2k Network project.