Many PhD researchers use climate models with little thought of how they were developed. Often there just isn’t time in modern schedules to investigate their history. How these models evolved through the ages is pretty interesting and involves battling mathematicians carving out early theory and determined meteorologists coding the way forward. The first real attempt at weather prediction was courageously undertaken on a hand-held calculator! It is a shame that the early development of numerical modelling is often swept under the carpet. What people don’t realize is that the story is filled with arguments, intrigue and great intellect.
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