Supercomputers in modern ecology

Not long ago, it would have taken several years to run a high-resolution simulation on a global climate model. But using some of the most powerful supercomputers now available, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) climate scientist Michael Wehner was able to complete a run in just three months.

“I’ve been calling this a golden age for high-resolution climate modeling because these supercomputers are enabling us to do gee-whiz science in a way we haven’t been able to do before,” said Wehner, who was also a lead author for the recent Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “These kinds of calculations have gone from basically intractable to heroic to now doable.”

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/11/141112144825.htm

Despite living in a golden age of information disbelief still hangs over Global warming like a persistent cloud. With supercomputers able to simulate weather systems, empirical evidence can be simulated in an easily assimilated, simplistic manner, with which the world can see a simple representation of global warming.

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