Ice Core Paleoclimatology

Available Data

Ice Core Data Archived at NOAA-NCEI:


These data sets are available from NOAA's NCEI data page through the Ice Core Search Engine (use the Advanced Search -> Investigators -> Thompson, L.G.)

  • Byrd Station (Antarctica): Microparticle data
  • Camp Century (Greenland): Microparticle data
  • Dasuopu glacier, Himalaya: 1000 year δ18O, dust, anion and accumulation data (decadal avgs)
  • Dunde ice cap, Guliya Ice Cap, Dasuopu Glacier: Decadally averaged δ18O data
  • Dunde ice cap: 1500 year δ18O, dust, anion, and accumulation data
  • Guliya ice cap: Ice thickness data
  • Guliya ice cap: 1992, depth averages of δ18O, dust, and anion data; 132 kyr δ18O, dust, and anion data (400 yr avgs); and 2 kyr δ18O, dust, anion and accumulation data (decadal avgs)
  • Kilimanjaro, Tanzania: δ18O, major ions, and dust data and descriptions
  • Lewis Glacier, Kenya: microparticle data
  • Nevado Huascarán, Peru: δ18O, NO3-, layer thickness, and particle data (100 yr avgs)
  • Prince of Wales, Ellesmere Island: 1850 year ice core δ18O data
  • Puruogangri ice cap, Tibet: 7000 year isotope and geochemical data
  • Puruogangri ice cap, Tibet: 500 year trace element data
  • Quelccaya ice cap, Peru: 1983, ice cap microparticle, δ18O, and accumulation data
  • Quelccaya ice cap, Peru: snow pit microparticle data (1976-1978)
  • Quelccaya ice cap, Peru: 1200 year trace element data
  • Quelccaya ice cap, Peru: 2003, 1800 year δ18O, dust, and major ions
  • Quelccaya ice cap, Peru: Accumulation, PAGES “Long-Term climate Reconstruction and Dynamics of South America Version”
  • Quelccaya ice cap, Peru: δ18O, PAGES “Long-Term climate Reconstruction and Dynamics of South America Version”
  • Quelccaya and Huascarán, Peru: snow pit and shallow core δ18O data from 1974 to 2015 (listed incorrectly as “Tropical Peruvian ice core 50 year oxygen isotope data”)
  • Sajama ice cap, Bolivia: δ18O, major anions, and microparticle data
  • Siple Station, Antarctica: 550 year oxygen isotope data
  • Windy Dome, Franz Josef Land: 850 year ice core δ18O and melt data

These data sets are available from NOAA's NCEI data page through the Ice Core Search Engine (use the Advanced Search -> Investigators -> Thompson, E.M.)

  • Bruce Plateau, Antarctic Peninsula: 100 year ice core δ18O and accumulation
  • Plateau Remote, Antarctica: 2000 year ice core δ18O data

Greenland Ice Core Data:


Data from shallow cores collected in Greenland during 1997 and 1998 as part of the NSF – NASA sponsored PARCA Program

1997 PARCA cores: (density, accumulation, stratigraphy only)

1997 PARCA cores: (all data)

1998 PARCA cores: (density, accumulation, stratigraphy only)

1998 PARCA cores: (all data)

1998 Dye 2 (Raven): (density and stratigraphy data)

1998 Dye 2 (Raven): All data for Core A and Core B

Data from Papua Indonesia:


Rainfall Isotope Data

Data from Bruce Plateau, Antarctic Peninsula:


Annual Accumulation and Annual Average Oxygen Isotopic Ratio: 2009 - 1900 CE

Additional Data from Older Cores:


Dunde 1989: Core 1, δ18O depth averages