Computer models generate projections of future climatic conditions that lie at the crux of climate change science and policy, and are increasingly used by decision-makers. Yet their complexity and politicization can hinder the communication of their science, uses and limitations. Little information on climate models has appeared in US newspapers over more than a decade. Indeed, we show it is declining relative to climate change. When models do appear, it is often within sceptic discourses. Using a media index from 2007, we find that model projections were frequently portrayed as likely to be inaccurate. Political opinion outlets provided more explanation than many news sources.
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Akerlof, K., Rowan, K., Fitzgerald, D. et al. Communication of climate projections in US media amid politicization of model science. Nature Clim Change 2, 648–654 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/nclimate1542
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