This model/simulator shows the relationship between changes in Earth’s climate due to variations in the solar energy received by the planet over geological time scales. It shows that over long timescales ice age cycles (Milankovitch cycles) have occurred on earth due to changes in the orbital parameters (obliquity, precession, and eccentricity).

About the Tool

Tool Name Milankovitch Orbital Data Viewer
Discipline Earth Sciences; Physics
Topic(s) in Discipline Milankovitch Cycles; Earth’s Orbital Paramaters; Eccenetricity; Obliquity; Precession; Glacial Interglacial Cycles; Ice Ages
Climate Topic Earth’s Orbital Parameters; Climate Variability Record
Type of Tool Model/Simulator
Grade Level High School; Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Developed by Scott Denning (Colorado State University)
Hosted at Denning Research Group Toy Models
Access Online
Computer Skills Intermediate