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Live by the Model, Die by the Model

I've seen firsthand the trials and tribulations of scientists who use computer models to study natural phenomenon. Modeling natural processes can increase our understanding of them and in turn, allow us to make predictions as to what will happen when input parameters change... in theory. In practice, it is not uncommon for a modeler to ignore key parameters when the model fails yield the desired result. Lorne Gunter digs up an interesting data set that is germane to climate systems modeling.

Lorne Gunter of the National Post - Perhaps The Climate Change Models Are Wrong

Oceanographers are collecting salinity and temperature data from 3000 remote Argo sensors (click here to see their distribution). After 5 years they are showing no signs of global warming in the earth's oceanosphere. That is probably why you haven't heard much about them in the media.