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Lessons From an Artist About Climate Models (Guest: Charles Battig)

April 22, 2020

Artists view reality differently than scientists. One lesson you can take away from the arts is that climate models are not reality but representations of reality affected by the assumptions, biases, and limited knowledge of the modelers.

Projections produced by climate models are being used to shape costly public policies yet the models routinely make projections that don't match reality. Charles Battig explains that politicians need to take a lesson from the arts and recognize that climate models are not reality but representations of reality affected by the assumptions, biases, and limited knowledge of the modelers. Real world data shows existing climate models do a poor job of representing climate realities.
Author
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D., is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
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Author
Dr. Charles Battig, is a retired physician and electrical engineer. In the 1960s he served as “principal scientist in bio-medical monitoring systems” at North American Aviation Los Angeles in support of the Apollo Moon Mission.
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