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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 thePast 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

Search Datasets

  • Paleoceanography Search Engine
    Search through paleoceanography studies using Investigator, Title, Location Name, Parameters, and Latitude/Longitude Bounds.
  • Interactive Map
    Select study locations by region, proximity to a point, or text-based attributes.
  • 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
    Access a free text search of our entire study archive.
  • NCEI Paleo Web Service
    ​Harvest paleoclimate study metadata records using the NCEI Paleo Web Service.

Browse Datasets

Paleoceanography Projects

Contributing Data

Investigators who wish to contribute their data to our paleoclimatology archive can find information on contributing below. Data and study description information can be contributed by emailing completed data contribution templates to

Other Data Archives

Additional sources outside of NCEI for data and information on oceanography, marine sediment, and climate science.