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Fruit fly climate model (changes)

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The Fruit Fly Climate Model is a simple GCM. Isaac Held has written about it here:

It involves

a dry atmosphere, an ideal gas on a spherical rotating planet forced only by radiative fluxes — modeled as a simple relaxation of temperature to a “radiative equilibrium” that is a function of latitude and pressure — and a frictional force that relaxes the flow near the surface to zero (in the reference frame rotating with the surface).

For more, see:


Understanding of climate models can be made easier if one has a hierarchy of models with increasing complexity. For a discussion of this points, see: