Climate and Earth system modelling articles from across Nature Portfolio

Climate and Earth system modelling is the use of mathematical representations of key components and properties of the atmosphere, ocean and biosphere to construct computer models. These models – which can range significantly in their complexity, depending on their intended application – are used to simulate important aspects of the Earth system and indicate how they may change in the future.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • Editorial |

    Progress in understanding and modelling ENSO complexity provides a promising opportunity to both improve seasonal climate prediction and constrain future anthropogenic warming.

  • News & Views |

    Global warming is changing monsoon systems, the Hadley circulation and the activity of extratropical cyclones. Now, a study shows how these changes will affect the Earth’s arid sand deserts, with profound implications for the environmental and technological sectors.

    • Eric J. R. Parteli
    Nature Climate Change 12, 967-968
  • News & Views |

    Western boundary currents are narrow, fast-moving ocean flows that are experiencing rapid warming under climate change. Using satellite observations and high-resolution model simulations, two studies now find that this rapid warming is primarily induced by poleward-intensifying ocean eddies.

    • Hu Yang
    Nature Climate Change 12, 889-890
  • Comments & Opinion |

    The 2021 Nobel Prize in Physics recognized the importance of climate modeling and its role in explaining anthropogenic effects on climate change and global warming. To further understand our Earth’s climates, computational models pose new challenges to account for various complexities.

    • Mojib Latif