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 funded by the U.S. and Swiss National Science Foundations, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). PAGES is currently a core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), but will transition to the new global sustainability science program Future Earth in 2015 when IGBP closes down. PAGES also has a scientific partnership with the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

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 5,000 scientists from more than 100 countries around the world currently subscribe to PAGES. This growing community of scientists conducts 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.

Get involved

Joining PAGES is easy and free. There are many ways you can get involved.

Create a profile in our People Database and subscribe to receive free copies of PAGES Magazine and other updates.

Subscribe to the mailing list of any of our Working Groups to get updates on the group's activities. The mailing list links are on their webpages.

Read the My PAGES webpage for other opportunities to get involved.