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What are the current problems in climate modeling?

Asked By: gel - 4/20/2010
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I did a PhD interview with a climate modeler a little while back, and he explained some of the problems... More
Answered By: MTRstudent - 4/21/2010
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most climates are too ugly to model, and the ones that aren't won't do nudes.
Answered By: mucow2222 - 4/20/2010
 
keeping in mind that i'm a computer programmer, and not a modeling programmer, so this is more of a guess rather than experience... More
Answered By: linlyons - 4/20/2010
 
I think the biggest problem is that climate models are too coarse and have to run for time frames that are too long to allow resolution of clouds, so they are put in as "parameterizations." At the present there are new hybrid types of models that resolve clouds in small subsets of the modelling domain and use the... More
Answered By: pegminer - 4/20/2010
 
Current problems isn't really the right question to ask. Climate modeling suffers from some basic problems that are inherent in the definition of the problem. The equations that control climate are the Navier-Stokes equations. They are both elegantly simple and generally unsolvable. The problem is that the equations... More
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Answered By: Ralph 124c41 - 4/20/2010
 
The biggest problem with computer modeling is GIGO. Garbage In Garbage Out. The better or worse your input is then the better or worse your output will be. The reason we get such a wide range of predictions is because of the wide range of assumptions programmers put in... More
Answered By: bill j - 4/21/2010
 
They didn't count the volcano eruption in iceland. There will be no summer in this year due to the volcano ash.
Answered By: giginotgigi - 4/21/2010
 
Ralph, can you name any observable phenomena in decadal-scale climate that exhibits chaotic behavior? No, I don't think you can... More
Answered By: bob326 - 4/21/2010
 
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