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A vast machine : computer models, climate data, and the politics of global warming

Author: Paul N Edwards
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Edwards argues that all our knowledge about climate change comes from three kinds of computer models: simulation models of weather and climate; reanalysis models, which recreate climate history from historical weather data; and data models, used to combine and adjust measurements from many different sources.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul N Edwards
ISBN: 9780262013925 0262013924
OCLC Number: 430736496
Awards: Winner of ASLI Choice Book Awards: History Category 2010.
Description: xxvii, 518 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Thinking globally --
Global space, universal time : seeing the planetary atmosphere --
Standards and networks : international meteorology and the Réseau Mondial --
Climatology and climate change before World War II --
Friction --
Numerical weather prediction --
The infinite forecast --
Making global data --
The first WWW --
Making data global --
Data wars --
Reanalysis : the do-over --
Parametrics and the limits of knowledge --
Simulation models and atmospheric politics, 1960-1992 --
Signal and noise : consensus, controversy, and climate change.
Responsibility: Paul N. Edwards.

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The science behind global warming, and its history: how scientists learned to understand the atmosphere, to measure it, to trace its past, and to model its future.  Read more...

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"[A] stimulating, well-written analysis... a visual feast." -- Ronald E. Doel, American Historical Review "This is an excellent book and a valuable resource for all sides in the debatesover global Read more...

 
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