from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The study of climatic conditions, and their causes and effects, in the geologic past, using evidence found in glacial deposits, fossils, and sediments.
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- n. Alternative form of palaeoclimatology.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The study of climatic conditions of the past periods of geologic time.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the study of the climate of past ages
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One fact about which general public is not aware: there are two climate sciences, the one called paleoclimatology, and the one more known due media hype - computer modelling of the present climate system.
Fritts 2003, it has not been addressed in long-term paleoclimatology reconstructions.
People make extravagant claims -- "As certain as gravity," says Al Gore -- about a branch of science, paleoclimatology, that is only 25 years old (the first textbook on paleoclimate came out in 1980).
First is paleoclimatology, that is reconstruction of climate of the past.
I wikipediaed not a real word the word paleoclimatology it tell what it is but not when the science started, who coined the term the first degrees who got first degrees, is there a degree in it?
The main impact of Climategate is casting doubt on paleoclimatology, that is trying to reconstruct the past few millennia of climate to assess how anomalous the current warming is.
Other fields, such as paleoclimatology or paleo-anything are exercises in historical interpretation, and involve trying to match a theory to an inferred proxy data set that implies a variable of interest.
Climate change crops up a lot, most notably in the sessions on atmospheric sciences and global environmental change, but also in sessions on the cryosphere, ocean sciences, biogeosciences, paleoclimatology, and hydrology.
As for thinking that it is “Better that nothing appear, than something unacceptable to us” …. .as though we are the gatekeepers of all that is acceptable in the world of paleoclimatology seems amazingly arrogant.
Mr. Gore and others that have bought into ‘man-made global warming’ or ‘climate change’ or whatever the next catch phrase for this movement will be, need to take a paleoclimatology class.