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What can palaeoclimate modelling do for you?

Haywood, A.M.; Valdes, P.J.; Aze, T.; Barlow, N.; Burke, A.; Dolan, A.M.; von der Heydt, A.S.; Hill, D.J.; Jamieson, S.S.R.; Otto-Bliesner, B.; Salzmann, U.; Saupe, E.; Voss, J.

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A.M. Haywood

P.J. Valdes

T. Aze

N. Barlow

A. Burke

A.M. Dolan

A.S. von der Heydt

D.J. Hill

B. Otto-Bliesner

U. Salzmann

E. Saupe

J. Voss


In modern environmental and climate science it is necessary to assimilate observational datasets collected over decades with outputs from numerical models, to enable a full understanding of natural systems and their sensitivities. During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, numerical modelling became central to many areas of science from the Bohr model of the atom to the Lorenz model of the atmosphere. In modern science, a great deal of time and effort is devoted to developing, evaluating, comparing and modifying numerical models that help us synthesise our understanding of complex natural systems. Here we provide an assessment of the contribution of past (palaeo) climate modelling to multidisciplinary science and to society by answering the following question: What can palaeoclimate modelling do for you? We provide an assessment of how palaeoclimate modelling can develop in the future to further enhance multidisciplinary research that aims to understand Earth’s evolution, and what this may tell us about the resilience of natural and social systems as we enter the Anthropocene.


Haywood, A., Valdes, P., Aze, T., Barlow, N., Burke, A., Dolan, A., …Voss, J. (2019). What can palaeoclimate modelling do for you?. Earth Systems and Environment, 3(1), 1-18.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 30, 2019
Online Publication Date Apr 22, 2019
Publication Date Apr 30, 2019
Deposit Date Apr 11, 2019
Publicly Available Date Apr 30, 2019
Journal Earth Systems and Environment
Print ISSN 2509-9426
Electronic ISSN 2509-9434
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 1
Pages 1-18


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