Steve Easterbrook

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In memory of Norman Phillips

The meteorologist, Norman Phillips died last week, at the grand old age of 95. As I’ve written about his work in my forthcoming book, Computing the Climate, I’ve extracted this piece from the manuscript, to honour his contribution to climate…

Perspective matters

I was doing some research on Canada’s climate targets recently, and came across this chart, presented as part of Canada’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) under the Paris Agreement: Looks good right? Certainly it conveys a message that Canada’s well…

When is a model not a model?

This is an excerpt from the draft manuscript of my forthcoming book, Computing the Climate. While models are used throughout the sciences, the word ‘model’ can mean something very different to scientists from different fields. This can cause great confusion.…

Climate Modeling Begins with ABC

This week I’m reading my way through three biographies, which neatly capture the work of three key scientists who laid the foundation for modern climate modeling: Arrhenius, Bjerknes and Callendar. Crawford, E. (1996). Arrhenius: From Ionic Theory to the Greenhouse…