Mars (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
[h/t to Kevin] Astronomers are saying that Earth's climate modellers have accurately predicted Mars' climate, therefore the models must be accurate for Earth. Anyone else see what's wrong with this picture? Chime in your thoughts after the jump. From MSNBC via Reuters, natch:
Astronomers say computer models have accurately forecast conditions on Mars and are valid predictors of climate change on Earth.
These computer programs predicted Martian glaciers and other features on Earth's planetary neighbor, a U.S.-French team of scientists found.
"Some public figures imply that modeling of global climate change on Earth is 'junk science,' but if climate models can explain features observed on other planets, then the models must have at least some validity," lead researcher William Hartmann of the Planetary Science Institute said Tuesday in a statement.
The team's findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society's planetary sciences division in Reno, Nev.