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The Climate Modelling Primer

By admin - Posted on 04 August 2008

This Climate Modelling Primer web site has been set up for a number of purposes: to encourage communication among users of “The Primer” and from them to us (the writers); through this exchange we hope to determine whether to develop a fourth edition of the Primer and, if we do, how it might differ from and be an improvement on the third edition. Let us know what you think.

The web site invites CMP users to share how they have developed “Primer” text and graphics, especially but not only for university courses; corrected errors in the third edition; propose topics that you'd like to see in a fourth edition, especially new material that has come along since 2005 that needs to be included.

Throughout the site can comment on others' ideas and additional material. We included some software on the CD in the back of the book and, where updated versions exist, you can access them from this web site. In particular the EBM has been updated and there is a now a short workbook that goes with it.

We invite you to add to the 'buglist'. Nobody's perfect and there are still a few errors in the Primer. If you know of any, please let us know in the appropriate forum. It could be a typo, a figure error or an explanation you think is misleading or that would be better expressed differently. Be as specific as you can, giving full details. As with any introductory text, we struggle always in the conflict between space and specificity and, inevitably, things sometimes get missed.

We are looking for new and innovative ways through which we can help people understand how climate models work. This could be new papers, models, ideas or analysis techniques.
This site helps you can find out about others that are using the Primer. Google Alerts picks up where the Primer appears on reading lists and course outlines. If you use the 'Primer' and you'd like to hear from others that find it useful, post your information under the 'out there' tab.

You can read about what's happening with climate models more generally. Interesting stuff that crosses our desks or pops up in our inbox will likely find its way on to these pages. We invite other contributions too.

External links...

REALCLIMATE.ORG offers good scientific analysis of current climate change issues, sometimes relating to climate models and what they mean.

Climate Modelling 101 What are climate models and why are they important? A useful resource from the US National Academy of Sciences.

CLIMATEPREDICTION.NET offers a way for anyone to run a climate model on their desktop computer and to be a part of a huge community of climate modellers. Make those spare CPU cycles count!

SKEPTICAL_SCIENCE: a website that is skeptical about global warming skepticism: whether contrarians’ arguments have any basis from the peer reviewed scientific literature.

Climate change is no laughing matter—but maybe it should be. The topic is so critical that everyone, from students to policy-makers to voters, needs a quick and easy guide to the basics. The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change entertains as it educates, delivering a unique and enjoyable presentation of mind-blowing facts and critical concepts.