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Paleo Data Search

NCEI offers search and download of Paleoclimatic proxy data and Paleoclimate Reconstructions from the NOAA/World Data Service for Paleoclimatology archives. Over 10,000 data sets are available, derived from natural sources such as tree rings, ice cores, corals, and ocean and lake sediments. Use the General search box or Advanced search to improve filtering by investigators, locations, keywords and time periods. Currently, data sets may be downloaded individually. In a future release of this search tool, the entire result set will be able to be bundled and downloaded as a single compressed file. A web service is also provided that you can use to get Paleo studies' metadata in JSON format. See the API help page for details.

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Data Publisher

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NOAA/WDS for Paleoclimatology
Please select at least one Data Publisher to search.

Data Type

Data Types not selectable when searching Neotoma or Pangaea archives.
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Location names not searchable when searching Neotoma or Pangaea archives.
Min Max
Min Latitude must be less than Max
Min Latitude must be between -90 and 90
Max Latitude must be between -90 and 90
Min Max
Min Longitude must be between -180 and 180
Max Longitude must be between -180 and 180
Elevation (m)
Min Max
Min Elevation must be less than Max
Elevation not searchable when searching Pangaea archive.
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Keywords not searchable when searching Neotoma or Pangaea archives.

 Tree Species



Time not searchable when searching Neotoma or Pangaea archives.
Years   CE   cal yr BP (0 = 1950 CE)
Earliest Most Recent
Earliest year CE must be less than latest
Latest year BP must be less than earliest
User defined time bounds { }
Overlap any portion of matching datasets
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Are entirely overlapped by matching datasets
   {                 }
Overlap entire matching datasets
   {                 }
API URL for these parameters:
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Search Results (1 study) Search Results ({{objSize(dataService.headers)}} studies)

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No studies found with those constraints.


Selected Site:

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Citation Information:

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Lat: {{}}, Lon: {{studyMapCoords.lon}}

Download Data:

Data Files For All Sites
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Use Constraints:

Please cite original publication, online resource and date accessed when using this data. If there is no publication information, please cite investigator, title, online resource and date accessed.



Resource Description (data set id):


Data Coverage:

Latitude: {{dataService.currentStudyCoverage.southLat != null ? dataService.currentStudyCoverage.southLat : "Unknown"}}
Longitude: {{dataService.currentStudyCoverage.eastLon != null ? dataService.currentStudyCoverage.eastLon : "Unknown"}}
Southernmost Latitude: {{dataService.currentStudyCoverage.southLat != null ? dataService.currentStudyCoverage.southLat : "Unknown"}}
Northernmost Latitude: {{dataService.currentStudyCoverage.northLat != null ? dataService.currentStudyCoverage.northLat : "Unknown"}}
Westernmost Longitude: {{dataService.currentStudyCoverage.westLon != null ? dataService.currentStudyCoverage.westLon : "Unknown"}}
Easternmost Longitude: {{dataService.currentStudyCoverage.eastLon != null ? dataService.currentStudyCoverage.eastLon : "Unknown"}}
Minimum Elevation: {{dataService.currentStudyCoverage.minElev != null ? dataService.currentStudyCoverage.minElev +" m" : "Unknown"}}
Maximum Elevation: {{dataService.currentStudyCoverage.maxElev != null ? dataService.currentStudyCoverage.maxElev +" m" : "Unknown"}}
Earliest Year: {{dataService.currentStudy.earliestYearBP != null ? dataService.currentStudy.earliestYearBP +" cal yr BP (" + dataService.currentStudy.earliestYearCE +" CE)" : "Unknown"}}
Most Recent Year: {{dataService.currentStudy.mostRecentYearBP != null ? dataService.currentStudy.mostRecentYearBP +" cal yr BP (" + dataService.currentStudy.mostRecentYearCE +" CE)" : "Unknown"}}

Science Keywords:


Tree Species:

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Study Notes:


Additional References:


Contact Information:

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When using general search, simply choose one or more Data Publishers, and enter some text to search for. By default all Data Types are searched, but you can select one or more to limit your search to only studies of the selected types.

The text search field supports Oracle Text parameters, such as 'AND', 'OR', and wildcards '%' and '_'. Special characters, like '-' and ';', can be searched literally by escaping them with a backslash. See the api documentation entry for searchText for more details.

Advanced search uses the fields from the general section, as well as several more detailed options. Note that, due to the granularity of metadata provided to us, many of these options are not available depending on which Data Providers are selected. Some options, such as tree species, are only available for certain Data Types. For all fields, if nothing is specified by the user then the field does not constrain the search.

  • Investigators, Locations, Keywords, and Species: Click on one or more values from the options on the left to constrain the search. If more than one value is selected, choose AND or OR to find studies containing all of the values or any of them. Each shuttle contains a filter area where text can be entered to narrow the list of selectable values. This text does not affect search results.
  • Location Lat/Lon/Elevation: Values can be entered to constrain the search to a specific area, or the bounding box on the map can be manually resized. Latitudes should be within the range -90 to 90, and Longitudes from -180 to 180. Longitude values can cross the antimeridian, e.g. the range 170 to -170 is valid. Elevations can be positive or negative.
  • Time: Time can be searched in years CE or years BP. These are functionally equivalent when converted correctly, and are provided for convenience only. Time constraints can be applied in three ways:
    • Overlap Any: Matches studies where any part of the time coverage lies between the specified min and max
    • Entirely Overlapped By: Matches studies with time coverages that completely bound the specified min and max
    • Overlap Entirely: Matches studies with time coverages that are completely bounded by the specified min and max