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Corporate-Funded Climate Modelers Could Save The Mathematically Lost Boys

Corporate-Funded Climate Modelers Could Save The Mathematically Lost Boys

Corporate-Funded Climate Modelers Could Save The Mathematically Lost Boys "Peter Pan playing the Pipes." Image credit:Wikipedia Environmentalists, government regulators, and captains of industry all rely on mathematical modeling to gain insights into how the future might turn, were a regulation passed, an investment made, or a market strategy taken. The method is a half-century in the making. In the mid-1970's - 40 years ago - mainframe computer renditions of the Streeter-Phelps Equation were used to allocate wastewater discharge permit limits for US industries and municipalities alike: you read the output, negotiated with stakeholders, and took your best shot at the future. Somehow we all survived. Same for air quality: air pollution controls and permit limits were based on variations of the Gaussian air pollutant dispersion equation , first derived in 1947. View the enti...

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