General Overview

PAGES (Past Global Changes) supports research aimed at understanding the Earth’s past environment in order to make predictions for the future. We encourage international and interdisciplinary collaborations and seek to promote the involvement of scientists from developing countries in the global paleo-community discourse.

PAGES scope of interest includes the physical climate system, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem processes, biodiversity, and human dimensions, on different time scales - Pleistocene, Holocene, last millennium and the recent past.

Founded in 1991, PAGES is a core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and is funded by the U.S. and Swiss National Science Foundations, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

It is overseen by a Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) comprised of members chosen to be representative of the major techniques, disciplines and geographic regions that contribute to paleoscience.

PAGES Scientific Community

Over 6,000 scientists from more than 100 countries around the world currently subscribe to PAGES. This growing community of scientists is conducting research within the PAGES sphere of interest. All scientists are encouraged to contribute to the PAGES scientific Foci and Cross-Cutting Themes, participate in PAGES workshops and publish PAGES-relevant products.

PAGES itself is not a research institution. Research activities are not prescribed by PAGES committees nor by the International Project Office (IPO). Rather, we maintain the required flexibility in our budget and our structure to respond to 'bottom-up' initiatives that arise from the community. PAGES organizes support for workshops and travel stipends for Guest Scientists.

Subscribing to PAGES is free and easy.