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Climate Change: The Math Connection


A video lecture by Chris Budd, University of Bath titled ‘The Mathematics of Climate Change’ that discusses how mathematics helps in understanding the Earth’s climate, climate change and in predicting future climate change. This video focuses on how climate models are derived from the fields of Mathematics and Physics. It includes further discussions on how climate models work, their assumptions, and their reliability.

Students will understand the link between Climate Change and Mathematics. They will learn how Mathematics contributes in understanding the Earth’s climate system and climate change. They will further understand how climate predictions are based in Mathematics and Physics.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What is the role of mathematics in understanding climate change?
  2. How can mathematical models be used for climate prediction?
About Tool
Tool Name The Mathematics of Climate Change 
Discipline Mathematics and Statistics 
Topic(s) in Discipline Climate Change Overview, Mathematical Modelling
Climate Topic Introduction to Climate Change, Climate Literacy
Type of tool Video (1 hr)
Grade Level High School, Undergraduate
Location Global
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Chris Budd 
Hosted at Gresham College
Access Online
Computer Skills Basic


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