Proceed to 'Climate Change Links'.
Click on the Earth to Run FASTCLIMATE
(Quick, before Brian drops it!)
FASTCLIMATE is a simple global model designed for fast web-based interactive experiments. The model simulates the major climate-related processes on Earth, with special emphasis on polar features such as snow cover and sea ice. The program is written in the MATLAB computer language and includes several plotting routines in addition to the actual numerical model. The entire program, including the generation of 17 plots, can be run in less than 2 minutes on most recent PCs and UNIX workstations, including the server you are now accessing. Depending on the speed of your internet connection, the downloading of the plots may take several minutes. The physical processes are highly simplified and expressed only as zonal averages in 18 latitude bands. The model is intended to be used as a "toy" for use by students in an interactive learning environment.
Last update: 2/7/2002
Please send all comments and suggestions to the author/instructor, Peter Guest: