Parrish, Judith Totman Department of Geological Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho.
- Climate dynamics
- Modeling ancient climates
- Paleoclimate indicators
- Causes of paleoclimate change
- Paleoclimate history
- Practical applications of paleoclimate research
- Related Primary Literature
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The study of ancient climates. Climate is the long-term expression of weather; in the modern world, climate is most noticeably expressed in vegetation, soil types, and characteristics of the land surface. To study ancient climates, paleoclimatologists must be familiar with various disciplines of geology, such as sedimentology and paleontology, and with climate dynamics, which includes aspects of geography and of atmospheric and oceanic physics. A compelling need exists for societies to be able to predict climate change. Understanding the history of the Earth's climate system greatly enhances the ability to predict how it might behave in the future.
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