Climate models: an assessement of strengths and limitations
Bader, Davic C.
Gutowski, William J. Jr.
Held, Isaac M.
Kunkel, Kenneth E.
Miller, Ronald L.
Tokmakian, Robin T.
Zhang, Minghua H.
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Scientists extensively use mathematical models of Earth’s climate, executed on the most powerful computers available, to examine hypotheses about past and present-day climates. Development of climate models is fully consistent with approaches being taken in many other fields of science dealing with very complex systems. These climate simulations provide a framework within which enhanced understanding of climate-relevant processes, along with improved observations, are merged into coherent projections of future climate change. This report describes the models and their ability to simulate current climate.
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