Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Videos and lectures explaining Climate Models

Here is a collection of scientists discussing climate models, if you listen to them you'll notice that scientists are very clear about the limitations and flaws within climate models.  They are not trying to trick anyone - they are concerned about learning and improving their accuracy!  They also realize climate models don't need to be absolutely accurate in order to inform us.

I suggest we (the people) need to ask ourselves: How accurate do we regular citizens expect climate models to be in order to give us the information we need?

I'm beginning to realize that the issue at the roots of all the avoidance and denial of the science behind our understanding of current changes in our climate is - the obvious implications it's lessons carry with them.
Namely, that our society is out-growing our planet's ability to sustain our life style expectations.  Unlimited growth is not an option.  And that's a tough pile to swallow - enough to encourage all sorts of crazy-making.  

But, ignoring this reality isn't going to do our children's generations any good at all.

What is a Climate Model?

PICSClimateInsights |  Feb 13, 2012 | 9:00

This video provides an overview of an important tool used by climate scientists to forecast likely climate changes in the future, through the use of well-founded climate physics and super computers.
Credits: http://pics.uvic.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/bitesize_credits.pdf

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Climate Models, Climate Forcing and Climate Change: 
Dr. Gavin Schmidt

AuburnUniversity |  Feb 17, 2010 | 1:06:57

Speaker: Dr. Gavin Schmidt
Feb 8, 2010 - Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center - Society of American Foresters Meeting

Dr. Gavin Schmidt is a climate modeler at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York and is interested in modeling past, present and future climate. He works on developing and improving coupled climate models and, in particular, is interested in how their results can be compared to paleoclimatic proxy data. He has worked on assessing the climate response to multiple forcings, such as solar irradiance, atmospheric chemistry, aerosols, and greenhouse gases.

He received a BA (Hons) in Mathematics from Oxford University, a PhD in Applied Mathematics from University College London and was a NOAA Postdoctoral Fellow in Climate and Global Change Research. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Climate and was cited by Scientific American as one of the 50 Research Leaders of 2004. 

He is the co-author of a new book "Climate Change: Picturing the Science" (W. W. Norton, 2009).
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Understanding uncertainty in climate models

imperialcollegevideo |  Dec 11, 2012 | 1:01:14

Robustness of the atmospheric circulation response to climate change: In this Grantham Special Lecture, Professor Ted Shepherd, Grantham Chair in Climate Science at University of Reading looks at the persistent uncertainties in model predictions of the atmospheric circulation response to climate change.

For more information please see: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/climatechange
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Anatomy of a Climate Model: How Robust are Climate Projections?

GoogleTechTalks | Feb 11, 2011 | 55:30

February 8, 2011 presentation by Prof. Inez Fung, UC Berkeley.
The first successful numerical weather forecast was made on the ENIAC (with fewer than 10 words memory) in 1950. This talk traces the development of atmospheric General Circulation Models (GCMs) for weather forecasting, to Global Climate Models (GCMs) and Earth System Models (ESMs) to illustrate the guts and gore of the huge codes. If we cannot predict the weather beyond 2 weeks, what do we mean by climate projections for the next century?
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Climate Modeling

The Agenda with Steve Paikin | Uploaded on Mar 26, 2010 | 51:36

Read our blog post "Climate Model for the People" on TVO.org: http://bit.ly/cxQF84
An in-depth look at the models that scientists are using to predict the future climate.
Jack McConnell is a professor of Atmospheric Science at York University.

Richard Peltier is a professor of Physics at the University of Toronto, director of the Centre for Global Change Science, lead investigator of the Polar Climate Stability Network and Scientific Director of SciNet.

Andrew Revkin is Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University and a contributor to the New York Times blog he started, Dot Earth, about efforts to balance human affairs with the planets limits.
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Video on Climate Change Lines of Evidence by the National Academy of Science

Posted on 26 January 2013 by John Cook

The U.S. National Academy of Science have produced a series of videos providing a basic overview of climate science - the series is called Climate Change: Lines of Evidence. The 7 chapters covered are:
You can also watch the entire series in a single YouTube video

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