The BBC reports that scientists at climateprediction.com are nearing the completion and public release in late summer of a distributed computing project that simulates the world’s climate from 1950-2050 AD. It seems that each user’s simulation will have different initial conditions built into their runtime simulation and a single completed simulation from 1950-2050 AD takes on average eight-months (Doh!), assuming average household computing power. The results will be sent back to the project’s team, where they will select the models that resulted in the ‘real’ climate patterns that have occured since 1950-2000. I presume they will then use these validated models to help extrapolate the world’s climate from 2000-2050. Pretty cool

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