|Description||The PRISM 8°x10° data set represents several years of investigation by PRISM (Pliocene Research, Interpretation, and Synoptic Mapping) Project members. One of the goals of PRISM is to produce time-slice reconstructions of intervals of warmer than moder|
|Originators||Barron, John A.; Cronin, Thomas M.; Dowsett, Harry J.; Fleming, R. Farley; Holtz, Thomas R., Jr.; Ishman, Scott E.; Poore, Richard Z.; Thompson, Robert S.; and Willard, Debra A.|
|Publication||U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 94-281|
This reconstruction of middle-Pliocene climate is organized as a series of grids representing different environmental attributes. The grids are designed for use with the GISS Model II atmospheric general circulation model (GCM) using an 8°x10° resolution (Hansen et al., 1983). Following grid cell by grid cell, land versus ocean allocations, winter and summer sea ice coverage of ocean areas are assigned and then winter and summer sea surface temperatures are assigned to open ocean areas. Average land ice cover is recorded for land areas and then land areas not covered by ice are assigned proportions of six vegetation or land cover categories modified from Hansen et al. (1983).
Dowsett, H., Thompson, R., Barron, J., Cronin, T., Fleming, F., Ishman, S., Poore, R., Willard, D., and Holtz, T. Jr., Joint investigations of the Middle Pliocene climate I: PRISM paleoenvironmental reconstructions: Global and Planetary Change, v. 9, p. 169-175.