Climate change models are used to model future predictions of rising temperatures on Earth and how things that are happening now can contribute to this.

Experience using climate change models

Using two types of climate change models on an excel spreadsheet has been confusing at first but easier as it went on. I am a ‘digital immigrant’ when using an excel spreadsheet and when implementing data into a climate change model, I was not sure where to input the data and how it would change the information on the sheet. After a few tries, I realised that the model was much more simple to use that I had expected and everything was calculated for me.

Benefits of such models

The benefits of using climate change models, firstly, is to predict the temperature of the earth or the volume of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere using equations. This can help scientists and environmentalist use them as proof to help further their cause of helping the earth.

Disadvantages of models

The disadvantages of using climate change models are that it uses a pattern to calculate the numbers. This means that if anything that is a random thing, such as human factors, that happens, it could not have taken it into account. This could things such as the random amounts of the ozone layer being depleted or a sudden rise in carbon dioxide emissions. Sometimes, large computing power is needed in order to process the information that is inputted, requiring a lot of electricity and man power.

“Professional” climate change models

Climate change models that have been used by scientists have been known to accurately predict outcomes through the data that was inputted through them. These mathematical representations of the data that is inputted are usually more accurate than other models used by others such as schools due to the complexity of the equations and collection of the data itself. These models have also been running to for a long time which adds to the reliability of them.

Climate change debate

Two key players of the climate change debate are Al Gore and Lord Monckton who are at opposing sides of each other. 20 years ago, Al Gore made his claims over the climate change debate but Lord Monckton struck his arguments down by using models to show that they were only correlations but not causations. In addition, Lord Monckton showed that there were no trends in any of Al Gore’s claims, such as in the number of hurricanes, cyclones and the increasing strength of them. Thus, Lord Monckton won the climate change debate 20 years ago, using models as a resource to support his arguments. At present, however, I believe that Al Gore has won the climate change debate. This is due to the fact that the majority of the countries in the world have signed the Paris Agreement, which deals with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance. In addition, renewable energy has become more affordable and solutions to climate change have been planned out. Therefore, as there is overwhelming support from countries on Al Gore’s side of the debate, I believe that he has won the debate on the present day.

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