Special Viewpoint

Complexity and Climate

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Science  02 Apr 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5411, pp. 105-107
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5411.105

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The climate that we experience results from both ordered forcing and chaotic behavior; the result is a system with characteristics of each. In forecasting prospective climate changes for the next century, the focus has been on the ordered system's responses to anthropogenic forcing. The chaotic component may be much harder to predict, but at this point it is not known how important it will be.

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