Issues in the theoretical foundations of climate science. (English) Zbl 1395.86005

Summary: The theoretical foundations of climate science have received little attention from philosophers thus far, despite a number of outstanding issues. We provide a brief, non-technical overview of several of these issues - related to theorizing about climates, climate change, internal variability and more - and attempt to make preliminary progress in addressing some of them. In doing so, we hope to open a new thread of discussion in the emerging area of philosophy of climate science, focused on theoretical foundations.


86A10 Meteorology and atmospheric physics
76E20 Stability and instability of geophysical and astrophysical flows
00A35 Methodology of mathematics


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