Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Wash Post Reminds Us That There is No Perfect Climate Model

Here. There are some useful quotations from scientists, including:
If the models are as flawed as critics say, Schmidt said, "You have to ask yourself, 'How come they work?'"
What is missing from the article, though, is any discussion of the more or less risky claims which we might derive from examining a model or computer simulation. It seems that even though the models are highly detailed, most climate scientists are comfortable drawing only highly abstract conclusions. For example, they do not take seriously the temperature predictions for Indiana, but do take seriously the predications for the global mean temperature.

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