Sunday, May 28, 2017

It’s the data (not just the models), scientists emphasize

It wasn’t so many years ago that political elections consultant James Carville made famous the phrase “It’s the economy, Stupid.”

Ice has no ideology - it just melts!
When it comes to climate change science, “it’s the data!” The data, that is, being far more than the models that those contesting the science often seek to characterize as the be-all and end-all of climate science understanding.

Which is not to diminish or side-step the value and importance of climate models in understanding Earth’s planetary system and its reactions to climate-forcing additives. It’s just to keep models in their right place relative to empirical data and evidence.

That’s the basic message of this month’s new “This is Not Cool” video for Yale Climate Connections.

Read the Yale Climate Connections story and watch the video - “It’s the data (not just the models), scientists emphasize.”

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