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Climate Models and the Irrelevance of Chaos

Dethier, Corey (2020) Climate Models and the Irrelevance of Chaos. In: UNSPECIFIED.

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Philosophy of climate science has witnessed substantial recent debate over the existence of a dynamical or "structural" analogue of chaos, which is alleged to spell trouble for certain uses of climate models. In this paper, I argue that the debate over the analogy can and should be separated from its alleged epistemic implications: chaos-like behavior is neither necessary nor sufficient for small dynamical misrepresentations to generate erroneous results. I identify the relevant kind of kind of sensitivity with a kind of safety failure and argue that the resulting set of issues has different stakes than the extant debate would indicate.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
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Dethier, Coreycorey.dethier@gmail.com0000-0002-1240-8391
Keywords: Climate science, chaos, safety, models
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Climate Science and Meteorology
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Depositing User: Mr Corey Dethier
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2020 02:24
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2020 02:24
Item ID: 17317
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Climate Science and Meteorology
General Issues > Models and Idealization
Date: 11 June 2020
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/17317

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