A piece of software written specially for running on home computers in a widely-distributed worldwide network has performed about 10,000 simulations regarding the climate change and found out that chances are equal that by 2050 the average temperature will raise by another 3 degrees Celsius or 1.4 degrees.
The results and conclusions have been presented in the journal Nature Geoscience by an UK research group led by Dr. Dan Rowlands from the University of Oxford’s Department of Physics. They showed that whatever the path the climate will take, the next 38 years will see the quickest warming ever experienced in relatively recent history.
“Perhaps the most ambitious effort to date, this work illustrates how the citizen science movement is making an important contribution to this field,” said Ben Booth of the Met Office Hadley Centre in the United Kingdom and one of the authors of the paper.
The computing history has seen distributed supercomputing strategies before. They had been applied to find evidence of extraterrestrial radio signals by processing what an array of antennas received from outer space. It had been named SETI, and found nothing that we know of.
Unlike the previous experiment, this one actually yields useful results and can give humanity a glimpse on how the environment will behave in response to the damage it caused.