The CLIMAP project was started in the late 1970’s early 1980’s to study sea floor sediment data. It is funded by the National Science Foundation and includes a range of universities. Through the project sediments have been studied that date back to 18,000 years ago. This data is used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and other research institutions.
The CLIMAP project started in the 1970s with a group of prestigious universities including Brown. It was funded by the National Science Foundation so that the universities could produce sea floor sediment data in order to create a climatological map from 18,000 years ago. The data produced by the project is stored by the World Data Center, which is part of the US Government.
This abbreviation stands for Climate: Long range Investigation, Mapping, and Prediction. It was a project during the 70’s and 80’s to map out the climate during the last glacial maximum, which is the time of the greatest extent of ice sheets in the last glacial period, at around 20,000 years ago. The project also looked into the conditions 120,000 years ago, in an interglacial period. Most of source information came from sediment cores. Ocean temperatures, vegetative zones, and ice cover were calculated. The results are still used today, although they are controversial.
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