A vast machine : computer models, climate data, and the politics of global warming / Paul N. Edwards.

Global warming skeptics often fall back on the argument that the scientific case for global warming is all model predictions, nothing but simulation; they warn us that we need to wait for real data, "sound science." In A Vast Machine Paul Edwards has news for these doubters: without models...

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Main Author: Edwards, Paul N.
Format: Electronic
Published: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2010.
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Table of Contents:
  • Thinking globally
  • Global space, universal time : seeing the planetary atmosphere
  • Standards and networks : international meteorology and the Réseau Mondial
  • Climatology and climate change before World War II
  • Friction
  • Numerical weather prediction
  • The infinite forecast
  • Making global data
  • The first WWW
  • Making data global
  • Data wars
  • Reanalysis : the do-over
  • Parametrics and the limits of knowledge
  • Simulation models and atmospheric politics, 1960-1992
  • Signal and noise : consensus, controversy, and climate change.