Author Archives: Robin Smith

About Robin Smith

Robin Smith is a Research Fellow in the NCAS-Climate part of the University of Reading's Walker Institute. He mainly manages/develops/supports/works with the FAMOUS Earth system model - a low resolution version of the atmosphere-ocean GCM HadCM3, to which optional carbon cycle and ice-sheet components have been added. Robin is interested in pretty much anything to do with large-scale climate and how different parts of the system interact, and has a sideline in bringing thought experiments to life within the models: he's watched vegetation try to cope with ultra-CO2 conditions, spun the Earth backwards and simulated Waterworlds totally covered by ocean.

What happens if you spin the Earth backwards?

This might sound like a crazy idea, but bear with me. I mean, why not? We’ve got some pretty general computer models of the climate, all we have to do is change the sign of a couple of numbers.

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