Figure : climate-model-evolution

A Climate Modeling Timeline

Figure 4.3

Texas Tech University
Katharine Hayhoe

This figure appears in chapter 4 of the Climate Science Special Report: The Fourth National Climate Assessment: Volume I report.

As scientific understanding of climate has evolved over the last 120 years, increasing amounts of physics, chemistry, and biology have been incorporated into calculations and, eventually, models. This figure shows when various processes and components of the climate system became regularly included in scientific understanding of global climate calculations and, over the second half of the century as computing resources became available, formalized in global climate models.

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This figure was created on October 14, 2016.

This figure was submitted on August 31, 2017.


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