Warren Washington literally wrote the book on climate modeling. Introduction to Three-Dimensional Climate Modeling, which he co-authored with Claire L. Parkinson in 2005, is the classic graduate-level text in the field. A former head of the American Meteorological Society and an adviser to every president -- Republican and Democrat alike -- since Jimmy Carter, Washington has devoted his life to creating increasingly precise and accurate computer models of Earth's climate. "What people need to understand is that these are not untested models scientists have dreamed up," says Washington, now a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). …
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Seth Shulman has worked for more than 25 years as a writer and editor specializing in issues in science, technology and the environment. A graduate of Harvard University, he has written five books and hundreds of articles for magazines including Smithsonian, The Atlantic, Parade, Discover, Rolling Stone, Popular Science, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Progressive, and Time, and for newspapers including the Times of London, The Boston Globe, and The Los Angeles Times.