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Lab 3: Climate Modeling

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In this activity, we’ll explore some relatively simple aspects of Earth’s climate system, through the use of several STELLA models. STELLA models are simple computer models that are perfect for learning about the dynamics of systems — how systems change over time. The question of how Earth’s climate system changes over time is of huge importance to all of us, and we’ll make progress towards understanding the dynamics of this system through experimentation with these models. In a sense, you could say that we are playing with these models, and watching how they react to changes; these observations will form the basis of a growing understanding of system dynamics that will then help us understand the dynamics of Earth’s real climate system.