Steve Easterbrook

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The Discovery of the Greenhouse Effect

Here’s another excerpt from the draft manuscript of my forthcoming book, Computing the Climate. The idea that the temperature of the planet could be analyzed as a mathematical problem was first suggested by the French mathematician, Joseph Fourier⁠, in the…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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Climate Model Bake-Off

Imagine for a moment if Microsoft had 24 competitors around the world, each building their own version of Microsoft Word. Imagine further that every few years, they all agreed to run their software through the same set of very demanding…
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