Data and links

PAGES Data policy

Beginning with its early community synthesis products, PAGES has developed an understanding of the challenges and opportunities in research that involves data discovery, synthesis, and analysis. PAGES continues to facilitate the development of community-based, data-intensive synthesis products, and promotes data stewardship within its constituency. Several databases have been developed by PAGES-sponsored activities and are used widely, and many others are under construction. PAGES also works with the NOAA Paleoclimatology (World Data Service for Paleoclimatology) and other primary paleodata archives to develop data-product services and ensure long-term archiving of data.

Many international initiatives have articulated best practices for data stewardship, focusing on the intelligent reuse of data. PAGES has endorsed the new international accord on "Open data in a big data world", an outcome of "Science International 2015", which represents the global scientific community. The Accord proposes fundamental principles for open data and it outlines the responsibilities of scientific professional organizations and their constituents.

Learn more about PAGES' Data Stewardship Integrative Activity here.

Below you'll find useful links to some PAGES Working Group metadatabases and external paleo related sites and databases.

Please direct any queries or relevant links for inclusion to the Communications Officer.

PAGES Working Group Databases

Databases and metadatabases compiled by PAGES Working Groups. Some of the datasets are freely accessible, others may be provided on request by the corresponding contributor.

The metadatabases provide meta-information collected by PAGES Working Groups of proxy sites of different natural and human archives that might be suitable for climate reconstructions. They currently fall into two categories:

1) Regional collections of proxy datasets covering the last 2000 years
2) Topical metadatabases

Regional metadatabases

> Arctic2k

> Africa2k

> Aus2k (Australasia)

> LOTRED-SA (South America)

Topical metadatabases

> PIGS (records covering Past Interglacials)

> Varves

> Ocean2k


External databases

PAGES has compiled list of national and international databases, which should serve as a useful starting point for on online data search.


ICSU World Data Center System

Global Change Master Directory, NASA

KNMI Climate Explorer

NOAA Paleoclimatology


Thematic databases