Science Structure

While PAGES itself is not a research institution, it helps to develop common international science directions to ensure that important scientific questions are addressed in a coherent manner. Based on input from its multidisciplinary community, PAGES works to identify and understand those aspects of past climate and environmental change that are of the greatest significance for the future of human societies.

Announcement: In 2015, PAGES will be implementing a new science structure, which responds to the changing Earth System Science landscape - read more.

The scope and focus of paleoscience research is continuously evolving; as questions are answered, others are raised. To keep up-to-date with these advances, PAGES revised the scope of its science structure in 2005, and will implement a new structure in 2015 (read more).

The current structure (below) addresses four foci (colored circles), which are complemented by four cross-cutting themes (CCT). Each focus covers a set of questions that are of prime importance to the global community. The CCTs are more general in their scope and are of fundamental relevance to all of the foci and to paleoscience in general.




PAGES Science Plan and Implementation Strategy (2009)

This document defines PAGES scientific objectives and key research issues under the current structure.
Download it here.

Foci and CCT Leaders

All foci and CCTs are led by one or more members of the SSC, who help organize and promote the collaborations, workshops and syntheses required to move each topic forward. If you would like to get involved, please contact the relevant person listed below. 

Focus 1: Climate Forcings

Eric WolffAlan MixHubertus Fischer

Focus 2Regional Climate Dynamics

Steve ColmanClaudio LatorreChris Turney

Focus 3Global Earth-System Dynamics

Michael SchulzEric WolffDenis-Didier Rousseau

Focus 4Human-Climate-Ecosystem Interactions

John DearingClaudio Latorre



CCT 1Chronology

Steve ColmanChris Turney

CCT 2Proxy Development, Calibration & Validation  

Alan Mix

CCT 3: Modeling

Michael SchulzJohn Dearing

CCT 4Data Management

Thorsten Kiefer