New observations of Martian glaciers, ice flows and other features agree with predictions made by the Earthly climate models (Source: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin/G Neukum)
Computer models have accurately forecast conditions on Mars and are valid predictors of climate change on Earth, according to a team of US and French astronomers.
They say the computer programs accurately predicted Martian glaciers and other features on Earth's planetary neighbour.
"Some public figures imply that modelling 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," says lead researcher William Hartmann of the Planetary Science Institute.
The team's findings were presented at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society's planetary sciences division in Reno, Nevada.
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