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.

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 implemented a new science structure in 2015. Read the April 2014 announcement outlining plans for the 2015 structure here.

PAGES former Science Plan and Implementation Strategy (2009)

The former structure (from 2009; below) addressed four foci (colored circles), which were complemented by four cross-cutting themes (CCT). Each focus covered a set of questions that were of prime importance to the global community. The CCTs were more general in their scope and of fundamental relevance to all of the foci and to paleoscience in general.




The 2009 PAGES Science Plan and Implementation Strategy document, published by IGBP, explains PAGES' scientific objectives and key research issues within the 2009 structure. Download it here.