PAGES (Past Global Changes) supports science aimed at understanding the Earth’s past environment in order to make predictions for the future.
PAGES scope of interest includes the physical climate system, biogeochemical cycles, ecosystem processes, biodiversity, and human dimensions, on different time scales that reach back centuries to hundreds of thousands of years. 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.
Main areas of focus include:
- Facilitating international research on past environmental changes
- Promoting synthesis of scientific knowledge and data
- Strengthening the involvement of scientists from developing countries
- Integrating the paleoscience and wider global change communities
- Disseminating 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
PAGES was established as a core project of IGBP (International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme), and became a Global Research Project of Future Earth in 2015.