The dynamic climate
Explore the dynamics of Earth's climate on your computer
Climate is changing at all timescales. Numerical models allow us to
explore climate change on a computer. They can help us to build our
intuition for the sensitivity of the climate system to
perturbations, be they large or small.
Examples of numerical climate
models and their applications
The first example is from the second year of the "BSc
Geowissenschaften" curriculum at the University of Bremen:
The second example is part of the "Abrupt Climate Changes" course in
the first year of the "MSc Geowissenschaften":
The following examples grew out of computer labs dedicated to the
topic of "Paleoceanographic Modeling", as part of the "sediment core
practical" in the third year of the "BSc Geowissenschaften"
curriculum at the University of Bremen:
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- Use the Regional Ocean Modeling System (ROMS) to explore the effect of ice-age
climate conditions on the ocean circulation off the coast of
Senegal (summer term 2009).
- Use the University of Victoria Earth System-Climate Model (UVic ESCM) to study the
interglacial climate conditions on the rainfall intensity and
distribution in the Northern Hemisphere (summer term
- Use a simple Climate Simulator (CLISIM) in combination with
the UVic ESCM to find out what controls the boundary between
North Atlantic Deep Water (NADW) and Antarctic Bottom Water
(AABW) (summer term 2011).