College and high school students can now see how Earths climate is changing without leaving their computers.
Annual average global warming by the year 2040 simulated and plotted using EdGCM.
NASA and other organizations use NASAs global climate computer model (GCM) to see how Earths climate is changing. A GCM calculates many things, such as how much sunlight is reflected and absorbed by Earths atmosphere, the temperature of the air and oceans, the distribution of clouds, rainfall, and snow, and what may happen to the polar ice caps in the future.
Scientists run the GCM on supercomputers to simulate climate changes of the past and future, and an educational version is now be available to educators and students at universities and high schools, where desktop PCs are the norm.
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