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Climate models and modeling: an editorial essay

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Figure 1.

Sketches of (a) a real system, in which an infinite number of processes Pi (open circles) is present, and upon which an infinite number of external forces (arrows) act; (b) a modeled system, in which only a limited number of processes (open circles) and their interactions are represented, and in which the number of external forces is also limited (arrow). Parameterizations are indicated by solid lines crossing the dashed‐line border of the model.6.

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Figure 2.

Sketch of the purposes of different climate models, in generating either practical knowledge to be used in social contexts or dynamical insight to further scientific knowledge.1.

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