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This movie explains how scientists build climate models.
Movie courtesy of NCAR.

Climate Model Grid Movie

This movie explains how Global Climate Models (GCM) are built. Atmospheric scientists use these complex computer models to study Earth's climate. GCMs can help us understand how our planet's climate might behave in the future. These models must perform many, many mathematical calculations. Scientists use some of the world's fastest supercomputers to run these complicated models.

Right-click (Windows) or Option-click (Mac) on any of the following links to download a copy of this movie in QuickTime format: large (62 MB), medium (14 MB), or small (4.1 MB).

Last modified January 5, 2010 by Randy Russell.

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The Spring 2010 issue of The Earth Scientist focuses on the ocean, including articles on polar research, coral reefs, ocean acidification, and climate. Includes a gorgeous full color poster!

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