Paleo data come from natural sources such as tree rings, ice cores, corals, and ocean and lake sediments - and extend the archive of weather and climate back hundreds to millions of years. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Paleoclimatology Program helps the world share scientific data and information related to climate, providing scientists with data and information they need to understand natural climate variability and predictability, and future climate change. The National Climatic Data Center's Paleoclimatology Branch is the world's largest archive of climate and paleoclimate data and operates the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology, partnering with national and international science initiatives around the world to expand the use of paleoclimatic data. Their mission is to provide the paleoclimate data and information needed to understand and model inter-annual to centennial-scale environmental variability.


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