Sean King

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

People that are much smarter than me...

...are getting a look at the actual computer code (and programmers' notes!) that comprise the climate models which scientists have relied on for years to make their predictions, including those contained in the now infamous IPCC reports.

And, not surprisingly (given previous refusals to subject the code to peer review), both the program itself and the data that populates it is a complete and utter mess. And that's not just my opinion, but the opinion of the very programmers hired to build the model!

Unbelievable. Truly unbelievable.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

All that code you link to: It's all READMEs and IDL scripts (used to plot the output of models, not actually evolve them). Smarter than you, indeed.

Sean King said...

Actually, I don't think I claimed to be linking to the actual code, but rather to the programmers notes of those who created/edited it in order to derive some meaningful output.