I wrote a talk on climate modelling, aimed at the interested-but-non-specialist public. Here it is.
It touches on:
1) The choices we have to make as a society.
2) The difficulty of doing controlled experiments with a single Earth.
3) The idea of a climate model.
4) A really simple climate model from first principles.
5) How a rotating tank of water is a climate model.
6) That all models are wrong, but some are useful.
7) What a modern Earth System Model looks like.
8) The importance of humans as a driver of future climate.
I’d hope that most of you interested-but-specialists might just enjoy the cartoons, most of which I drew myself.
The talk is a work in progress, and I’ll hope to be replacing the videos with a live rotating-tank demo, and a hand drawn explanation of Earth System models.
I’d appreciate (constructive) feedback, so leave a comment, email me at email@example.com, or tweet me @dougmcneall
My thanks to Simon Hammett for the video, to Niall Robinson for organising, and to Tamsin Edwards, Ed Hawkins, Philip Brohan and Ruth Dixon for feedback. You can find links to the videos embedded in the talk below: