What is a Climate Model?

by Felix Schaumann

Last August, our blogger Shorouk Elkobros explained what a climate model is in this video. One year later, climate models are still an essential tool for understanding global warming. In order to remind us how climate models work, Felix Schaumann has put together his own explanatory video.

Models are ubiquitous in climate science. They are used to represent natural systems, reproduce past climate measurements, understand the underlying dynamics and project climate conditions into the future. Thereby, climate models play a role in almost all aspects of the climate debate. But given this great importance, how can we judge their performance? And sure, they might be important and widely used, but what exactly is a climate model? Here is a first attempt to a very basic explanation.

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