Paleoclimate records can be used to achieve truly global reconstructions of past climates. They reveal changes on time and spatial scales that are pertinent to human activities and provide a record of how climate change has affected landscapes, fauna, and vegetation.
An international group of scientists representing 15 countries met in Potsdam, Germany, from June 30 to July 2,1995, to discuss continental drilling for paleoclimate records. The participants agreed that now is the time to energize and organize the continental paleoclimate community. As climate-simulation models become more advanced and marine and ice core records improve, a network of high-quality, continental paleoclimate records is especially important.