- Working Groups
The Paleoclimate Working Group (PWG) is a consortium of scientists interested in modeling and understanding past Earth climates, allowing a long-term perspective on Earth-system feedbacks. PWG members include participants from universities and laboratories, with interests ranging from early Earth to the recent millennium. Individually and as a community, we conduct scientific modeling experiments to establish relationships between forcings and feedbacks for specific time periods, and to explore the transient nature of these responses. Comparing model results to observational data is an important component of the PWG efforts. We also test model components developed by other CESM working groups in a paleoclimate context and develop new capabilities that allow better assessment of model simulations against data. PWG workshops and meetings are open to the paleoclimate science community; if you wish to attend future PWG meetings, please subscribe to the PWG contact list.
One of the goals of the Paleoclimate Working Group is to allow the community to address scientific questions about past climates in Earth history using the CESM model. To that end the PWG maintains an online Paleo User Resources site to provide the community with background on the CESM code and dataset modifications that may be necessary to address scientific questions about past Earth climates with the CESM model. We also include useful tools that are designed to modify the forcing and input files for paleoclimate applications.