Sunday, November 24, 2019

My first (and only) viral meme

Ten years ago today I posted what would become my only viral meme.  It was satirizing the ClimateGate shenanigans.

What happens when you run the Climate Models?

There's been a lot of analysis of the Hadley/CRU emails disclosed in the data leak. There's been less - but very interesting indeed - analysis of the source code disclosed in the leak.

That got me wondering: what happens when you run the code? I mean, the whole IPCC Thermageddon story is based on this code, right? Running the code might be interesting.

So I ran it. "Interesting"? Boy, Howdy.

The first thing that became obvious is that this is not at all a manual process. There is a lot of operator intervention, with the program asking you for all sorts of input. So much so, in fact, that it looks like a programmer at CRU took a shot at trying to automate the process:

I'm not interested in grants, and it looks like the editor of GRL has already been properly dealt with, so I selected the first option and forged ahead.

Unfortunately, the code looks to be very fragile, with poor error handling. I'm in the middle of stack dumps, but thought that these results so far were interesting enough to post. Here's the (admittedly limited) error report that I have so far.


Ed Bonderenka said...

Well, I might be ten years late to the party, but: Well Done!

LSP said...

I'm with Ed on this ^^^

Beans said...

There are fleeting truths, those that the circumstances change, like real climate change, and timeless truths, like the eventual heat death of the universe, something someone 100 years or a 1000 years from now will be able to get.

You, sir, have created a timeless truth.

When do we find that you jumped out of a 6th story window 4 times?