Knowledge and Models in Climate Science: Philosophical, Historical, and Scientific Perspectives

October 24, 2014 - October 26, 2014
Rotman Institute of Philosophy



Gregor Betz
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Judith Curry
Georgia Institute of Technology
Paul Edwards
University of Michigan (system-wide)
James Fleming
Colby College
Reto Knutti
ETH Zürich, Switzerland
Robert Lempert
Pardee RAND Graduate School
Linda Mearns
National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
Wendy Parker
Durham University
Gavin Schmidt
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Charlotte Werndl
University of Salzburg
Eric Winsberg
University of South Florida


Eric Desjardins
University of Western Ontario

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We are delighted to announce that the Rotman Institute of Philosophy will host its second annual conference, Knowledge and Models in Climate Science, on Oct. 24-26, 2014. The conference will bring together researchers to discuss the use of models in understanding the climate from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  Models and computer simulations are essential not only for understanding the factors determining climate processes, but also for evaluating how changes in climate will affect ecosystems and human societies.  Recent gains in modeling precision and realism have allowed climate researchers to address both questions more confidently, yet there are many remaining sources of uncertainty. Participants in the conference will explore different approaches to modeling in order to gain a better understanding of the nature, strengths and limitations of the knowledge it produces, and build a better understanding of the means by which these uncertainties can be managed. 

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October 10, 2014, 7:00pm EST

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