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Durham University

Department of Physics


What can we learn from climate models? (Philosophy)

7th December 2019, 10:30, Calman Learning Centre, Dr. Wendy Parker, Associate Director in the Centre for Humanities Engaging Science and Society

Computer models of earth’s climate system play a number of important roles in the study of climate change. This talk will explain what climate models are and how their results inform key conclusions of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including conclusions about the contribution of human activities to recent global warming.

We will also try to make sense of the suggestion, made by some commentators, that ultimately our knowledge of climate change doesn’t depend very much on these complex computer models.

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