From the April issue of Physical Review Letters :

[Editorial: Climate Science: An Invitation for Physicists](http://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.116.150002) 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".