Do the inaccuracies of climate models limit the possibility of a human control of global warming?
OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Via Beirut 2, 34151, Trieste, Italy
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Accepted: 19 April 2017
Published online: 23 May 2017
In this paper the conceptual framework for the regulation of rising global temperature is posed in terms of control systems theory. It is shown here that, for an optimal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, a closed-loop feedback control system based on climate models is necessary. Furthermore, the concept of the Internal Model Principle (IMP) is crucial in attaining the proposed limits of the temperature increase. This is due to the presence of inaccuracies in the existing climate models, and to a lack of knowledge.
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