The Very, Very Simple Climate Model

The Very, Very Simple Climate Model

This is the most recent version of The Very, Very Simple Climate Model. You can use it to explore how the rate of carbon dioxide emissions affects the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere and Earth's climate. You can also explore scenarios for future climate using the model with more detailed instructions. Using the Very, Very Simple Climate Model in the classroom? If so, check out the Educators Guide to the Very, Very Simple Climate Model.

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Click here to download a copy of the Climate Model software. (On a Windows PC, right-click on the link, then "Save as..." to save the file to your local hard drive; on a Macintosh computer, hold down the Control key while clicking the link, then "Save as...")

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Background Information

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) uses an approach similar to the one employed in this simple model when preparing their future climate projections based on much more sophisticated, supercomputer-based climate models. Check out our "Compare IPCC Scenarios Interactive" to find out more about the range of likely future scenarios used in the IPCC projections.

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