October 24--26, 2014

Linda Mearns: Credibility of Regional Climate Model Projections of Future Climate: Issues and Challenges

    Crediblity of Regional Climate Model Projections of Future Climate: Issues and Challenges Linda Mearns (National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Regional Integrated Sciences Collective (RISC), IMAGe) Abstract: The issue of credibility of regional climate model simulations of the future has been discussed for a long time, but concern about how to properly quantify […]

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Two great speakers in one week (March 2nd and 6th)

Next week, the Rotman Institute welcomes two outstanding speakers. Robert DiSalle will speak on March 2nd on Gravity, Geometry, Philosophy: 100 Years in Einstein’s Universe, and Elisabeth Lloyd will give a talk titled The Orgasm Wars, about the evolutionary puzzle of the female orgasm. Both talks will also be live-streamed online on the pages linked […]

October 24--26, 2014

Jason Davidson: Coupled Atmospheric and Hydrologic Modeling

Jason Davidson (University of Waterloo) Title: Coupled Atmospheric and Hydrologic Modeling Integrated hydrologic models require high-resolution atmospheric data sets. However, traditional modeling approaches use low-resolution met station data for an entire catchment, despite the availability of high-resolution atmospheric model data. With this in mind, we propose a new realm of water cycle modeling by coupling […]

October 24--26, 2014

Gregor Betz: Are Climate Models Well Confirmed? And Why Would We Want to Know?

 Are Climate Models Well Confirmed? And Why Would We Want to Know? Gregor Betz (Karlsruher Institute for Technology, Institute of Philosophy)  video conference   Abstract: At first glance, understanding the extent to which different climate models are empirically confirmed seems to be essential both for practical as well as scientific purposes. At second glance, however, […]

October 24--26, 2014

Steve Easterbrook: Constructive and External Validity for Climate Modeling

    Steve Easterbrook (University of Toronto) Title: Constructive and External Validity for Climate Modeling Discussion of validity of scientific computational models tend to treat “the model” as a unitary artifact, and ask questions about its fidelity with respect to observational data, and its predictive power with respect to future situations. For climate modeling, both […]

October 24--26, 2014

Nicolas Fillion: The Vindication of Computer Simulations

Nicolas Fillion (Simon Fraser University)   Title: The Vindication of Computer Simulations   The relatively recent increase in prominence of computer simulations in scientific inquiry has transformed both science and philosophy of science. In fact, a practical knowledge (a ‘know-how’) of scientific computation has become essential for scientists working in all disciplines involving mathematics. This […]

October 24--26, 2014

Andrea Boyer Effects of Simulated Recurrent Inclement Winter Weather on the Stress Response and Feeding Behaviour of White-throated Sparrows ( Zonotrichia albicollis )

Andrea Boyer (University of Western Ontario) Title: Effects of Simulated Recurrent Inclement Winter Weather on the Stress Response and Feeding Behaviour of White-throated Sparrows ( Zonotrichia albicollis ) Climate change has been linked to increasing frequency and severity of violent, unpredictable winter storms and other extreme weather events at nearly all latitudes. As climate change […]

October 24--26, 2014

Brent Sinclair: Plasticity, Variability, Thresholds and Evolution: Why It’s So Hard to Model the Response of the ‘Average’ Insect to Climate Change

Brent Sinclair (University of Western Ontario) Title: Plasticity, Variability, Thresholds and Evolution: Why It’s So Hard to Model the Response of the ‘Average’ Insect to Climate Change   Models of biological systems and their responses to climate change necessarily make assumptions about the biology of the organisms whose behaviour they seek to predict. In many […]