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Editorial: Climate Science: An Invitation for Physicists

From the April issue of Physical Review Letters :

Editorial: Climate Science: An Invitation for Physicists by J. S. Wettlaufer

This may provide motivation to some. He also may have a point about trying to idealize models of chaos, yet I think much can be done without having to invoke chaos theory at all. More to my liking is his advocacy of "locating small signals in large quantities of data".

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    A good companion piece to this editorial is this recent review article

    Vallis GK. 2016 "Geophysical fluid dynamics: whence, whither and why?" Proc. R. Soc. A 472: 20160140. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2016.0140 and PDF

    Vallis makes a number of points when it comes to analysis and raises a number of important issues when it comes to computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

    I'm not going to go into detail here since I wrote about the article on my blog : http://contextearth.com/2016/09/03/geophysical-fluid-dynamics-first-and-then-cfd/

    Comment Source:A good companion piece to this editorial is this recent review article Vallis GK. 2016 <em>"Geophysical fluid dynamics: whence, whither and why?"</em> <strong>Proc. R. Soc. A</strong> 472: 20160140. <a href="http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2016.0140">http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspa.2016.0140</a> and <a href="http://contextearth.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/VallisGeophysicalFluidDynamics.pdf">PDF</a> Vallis makes a number of points when it comes to analysis and raises a number of important issues when it comes to computational fluid dynamics (CFD). I'm not going to go into detail here since I wrote about the article on my blog : http://contextearth.com/2016/09/03/geophysical-fluid-dynamics-first-and-then-cfd/
  • 2.

    Not sure what to make of the reaction to this Nature Climate Change paper: "A Fiery Wake-up Call for Climate Science", which was written to address the recent Australia situation.

    In response, Michael Mann tweets that explaining the challenge in being able to distinguish between extremes due to natural variation versus that due to climate change is bad science communication technique :

    The lead author of the Nature is from NCAR and he ends with this plea:

    El Ninos and other climate behaviors that can cause droughts and/or floods will occur whether AGW exists or not, yet this provides an example of how politically sensitive the topic is.

    Comment Source:Not sure what to make of the reaction to this Nature Climate Change paper: ["A Fiery Wake-up Call for Climate Science"](https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-020-0707-2), which was written to address the recent Australia situation. In response, Michael Mann tweets that explaining the challenge in being able to distinguish between extremes due to natural variation versus that due to climate change is bad science communication technique : <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BadSciComm?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BadSciComm</a> 101: <br>&quot;It&#39;s too complex&quot;, <br>&quot;Yes the heat &amp; drought are unprecedented. But maybe the bushfires are a coincidence!&quot;.<br>Scientists who communicate this way deserve some blame for the sad state of affairs with regard to climate inaction. <a href="https://t.co/KlXgdEUQzA">pic.twitter.com/KlXgdEUQzA</a></p>&mdash; Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) <a href="https://twitter.com/MichaelEMann/status/1232280972869005316?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> The lead author of the Nature is from NCAR and he ends with this plea: ![](https://pbs.twimg.com/media/ERtXKBRXsAAsdLk.png) El Ninos and other climate behaviors that can cause droughts and/or floods will occur whether AGW exists or not, yet this provides an example of how politically sensitive the topic is.
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