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    What is a Climate Model and how does it Work?

    December 3, 2013; 3:36 PM ET

    Climate models and even weather forecast models are easily misunderstood and just don't seem to get much respect, but they should.

    Computer models clearly make the climate and weather forecaster's job a lot easier than it would be without them.

    The number of models that are used has increased tremendously over the past few decades due to stronger, more efficient computing power and this has led to greater forecast accuracy.

    It is no surprise that it takes some of the largest supercomputers in the world to run these weather and climate forecast models.

    So, how do climate models work?

    Thanks to an excellent slide presentation (click link below) from the National Academy of Sciences we have the answers. Once you go to the link, scroll down about a quarter of the page and click the slide presentation. I encourage you to check it out.

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