What is PaleoClimate?
Employs a parametric approach to modelling the
climate of ancient earth
Computes sea level air pressure, surface air
pressure, sea level temperature, surface
temperature, wind direction and azimuth, ocean
currents, coastal upwelling, and wetness
Origin of PaleoClimate
Built on work by J.T. Parrish, Scotese, Ross, &
Scotese, C. R & Summerhayes, C.P. (1986).
Computer Model of Paleoclimate Predicts Coastal
Upwelling in the Mesozoic and Cenozoic.
Why did we build this tool?
Complementary to PaleoGIS
Geologists and GIS professionals can
dynamically visualize and analyze a wide range of
paleoclimate scenarios that may have affected
the deposition of organic materials and the
formation of reservoirs.
How does it relate to PaleoGIS?
● PaleoClimate can be launched from PaleoGIS
PaleoClimate’s outputs are viewable in ArcMap or
in a variety of other GIS applications
PaleoClimate is the next step in developing a
complete picture of the geology for an age
Plate Tectonic Model
Basic Geosciences & Geophysics
PaleoClimate offers rapid cycle & iterative
Not intended to replace robust Global Circulation
Modelling performed on supercomputers
Geoscientists can quickly explore a wide variety
of factors and fine tune assumptions
Supports first pass screening activities
Validate the need to invest in more sophisticated
and costly climate analysis
Configure up to 45 additional parameters to finely tune assumptions
for an age
Pictured here (top to bottom):
Surface Pressure and Ocean Currents,
Coastal Upwelling and Surface temperature
for Winter, Northern Hemisphere
What is PaleoRun?
Batch processing tool for the Paleo suite
Command line executable
Multiple PaleoGIS or PaleoClimate jobs in series
Driven by a single XML configuration file
Simple to run from any scripting language
What can PaleoRun do?
Point Path Visualization
Azimuth & Rate vs Time
Add Layers and Symbolize
To reconstruct supplementary datasets from
To execute a large number of jobs, such as when
new plate model data is received
To run one or more long-running jobs, such as
large raster reconstructions
To schedule jobs through the Windows Task
Advantages of PaleoRun
Script a series of jobs with DOS scripting tools
Run a series of jobs as a single batch
Use outputs from one job as inputs to another
Schedule scripted jobs to run at regular intervals
Schedule long-running jobs overnight or over the
Re-run job scripts many times with consistent