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Climate modeling: Check out this animation of simulated ocean temperature from the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab (GFDL) - those are some amazing eddies!

Much of what we understand about climate and climate change comes from experiments run with climate models. There are a lot of outstanding challenges in accurately modeling the climate system, but the community has made a lot of progress, and this simulation from GFDL is definitely at the cutting edge.

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+Saiful Khan Great question. This is actually a model simulation. The model starts essentially with F=ma, and solves the equations of motion on a rotating sphere. But there are a myriad of complexities introduced by the details of the global ocean, and "full" global climate models have millions of lines of code.
The simulations are compared with both "in situ" measurements made by instruments at different places in the ocean, and with satellite measurements that are made from space.
+Noah Diffenbaugh I belive you are doing a wonderful job educating, and using technology, mixed with fun in order to reach the children of today!! ALL SMILES!!!
Thanks +Kate Creasey This is an instructive example of multiple environmental stresses, of which climate change can be one. The case is similar with biodiversity loss, for which climate change is an emerging stressor, but for which a number of other stressors have been the primary causes to date (land use change chief among them for terrestrial ecosystems).
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