I have been looking for paleoclimatology data. I have found some with NOAA ( http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/paleo/data.html ) but all the data is stored as a KMZ and a series of linking text and html files. Does anyone know of vendors or sites that have this type of data in a better spatial format? I am most interested in data around the Great Lakes.


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    Why not convert KML to format of your choosing? (If the data has all the information you need) – U2ros Sep 21 '12 at 13:08
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    You don't say which GIS you're using but if it's ArcGIS it's certainly possible to import the KML files (Conversion Tools > From KML > KML to Layer). Also, can you point to a specific data source on the webpage that you reference? I can only find .zip and .txt files. – veedub Sep 21 '12 at 13:15
  • I am well aware of that, but they are KMZ files. I have converted them to KML and imported them to shp (in Arc and QGIS) but they loose the data I want. Everything gets bundled into a field that is all XML. As I stated, all the KMZ are linked to Text files and websites. I am hoping to find a source that has this all bundled into a spatial layer, not KMZ with weblinks. – Ryan Garnett Sep 21 '12 at 13:39
  • KML has far too much freedom in its structures to make it easy to read everything in it into another spatial data format. I almost always have to write a custom XML parser in Python if I want anything other than x-y points. – Spacedman Sep 22 '12 at 7:26

You may check these data: http://www.worldclim.org/past They contain:

  • Last inter-glacial (LIG; ~120,000
  • 140,000 years BP) Last glacial maximum (LGM; ~21,000 years BP)
  • Mid-Holocene (~6000 BP)

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