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Mission, Objectives and Philosophy


PAGES facilitates activities that address past changes in the Earth System in a quantitative and process-oriented way in order to improve predictions of future climate and environment, and inform strategies for sustainability.


PAGES' main areas of focus include:

- Facilitating international research activities on past environmental changes

- Promoting the synthesis of scientific knowledge and data

- Strengthening the involvement of scientists from developing countries

- Integrating the paleoscience and wider global environmental change communities

- Disseminating important research findings and organizational information

- Supporting scientific training and education

- Integrating scientific evidence from observations and modeling

- Ensuring public access to paleoscientific data

- Enhancing the visibility and use of paleoresearch

Several research activities, comprised of groups of scientists with common interests, are incorporated within PAGES. Our programs and workshops are designed to bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines and countries.

We also provide a forum for scientists to discuss and interpret ice, ocean, and terrestrial paleoclimate records and modeling results, and foster the development of internationally accessible data archives.


PAGES aims to create synergies by overcoming boundaries that have historically existed between different:

1. Approaches: Reconstruction, data analysis and numerical modeling

2. Spheres: Land, ocean, ice and atmosphere

3. Timescales: Paleoscience, modern processes and future projections

4. Resource levels: Developed and developing country scientists


PAGES’ science structure addresses key components of the Earth system: in particular, phenomena and processes that link the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere, land surface, biosphere and society.