Challenging Climate

28. Erica Thompson on escaping Model Land

January 24, 2023 Jesse Reynolds and Pete Irvine
Challenging Climate
28. Erica Thompson on escaping Model Land
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Dr Erica Thompson is a Senior Policy Fellow in Ethics of Modelling and Simulation at the LSE Data Science Institute. Erica's research involves the appropriate use of mathematical and computational modelling to inform real-world decision-making. In this episode, we discuss Erica’s recent book, Escape from Model Land and tackle issues such as bias, disillusioning science communication to help us get out of the ‘Model Land’ worldview and into the real world. 

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Introduction and background
What is a model? What defines a model?
What is Model Land?
Where have models been beneficial in society?
The two paths to escape Model Land
Climate models
What are some challenges unique to climate change and climate modeling?
Seductiveness of climate modeling
Hidden assumptions of climate models
What is the purpose of climate models?
Models on the Covid-19 pandemic
Are you hopeful for the future?