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Climate Change - Climate Models - How Do They Work and Why Should We Trust Them?

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Summer School on Global Sustainability

Climate models form the basis of predicting future climate change. Why should we believe them? What processes do they resolve and what are their inaccuracies? In this talk I will outline the main components of climate models, how they interact, and what physics they are based on. This will include an evaluation of their skill, their shortcomings, and how they can still be improved. A brief history of the evolution of climate models will also be outlined. The latest projections of climate models out to the year 2100 will also be presented.