The PAGES/CLIVAR Intersection Working Group ran from the mid 1990s to 2014. It was jointly sponsored by PAGES, a core project of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) and the Climate Variability and Predictability (CLIVAR) project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP). It played an important role in developing and implementing the research programs of both CLIVAR and PAGES.
The formation of the CLIVAR/PAGES Intersection was predicated on the idea that paleoclimate studies provide a useful adjunct to studies of modern climate variability and likely future change. Since its establishment in the mid-1990s, the goals of the Intersection have evolved with the changing focus of each parent organization.
Detailed information regarding the goals of CLIVAR/PAGES can be found in the vision documents (see under Products below), but to summarize the objectives of the Intersection Panel are:
1. To promote improved high resolution (seasonal to interannual), well-dated, quantitative paleoclimate records in regions that are of direct relevance to IGBP and WCRP.
2. To formulate and promote analysis and synthesis of paleoclimatic data in order to reveal patterns of variability within the climate system over seasonal to millennial timescales.
3. To promote improved quantitative methods of model-data comparison and evaluation in order to understand the variability present in both the paleoclimatic record and the models.
4. To promote the use of paleoclimate data in examining issues of climate predictability.
5. To coordinate with other modeling activities of relevance to IGBP and WCRP.