Welcome to COOL (Context of Long Term) Climate and Tectonics

Welcome to the research website for COOL Climate and Tectonics! We are a multidisciplinary team of scientists working together to understand the interactions between tectonics and climate on long (multi-million year) timescales. Our primary hypothesis is that arc-continent collisions in tropical latitudes lead to increased silicate weatherability, causing drawdown of carbon dioxide and ultimately a cooling climate. Here you can find background information explaining this hypothesis more fully, details on our ongoing research efforts, short biographies and contact information for each of the team members, links to talks team members have given to the general public, and a page for the most recent news from our research.


Research supported by the Frontier Research in Earth Science (FRES) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).