If you spend any time paying attention to the science of climate change, you become familiar with the simulations that are the bread and butter of this field. These climate models try to recreate the climate of the past and to predict the future, and they’re highly complex attempts to build the world in a computer. It’s easy to forget that, behind the code and the non-linear equations, are people—like Tufa Dinku, above, a climate modeler from Columbia University who is a strong advocate for improving Africa’s access to up-to-date climate measurements.
To help give real faces to the climate scientists and modelers that spend their days refining our representations of the world, two Columbia University science communicators, Rebecca Fowler and Francesco Fiondella, created the Climate Models calendar, a high-fashion photo series that uses climate modelers as models.
Aside from reminding everyone that there actually are humans dedicating their lives to designing and building all of these climate models, Fiondella says that he also wants to help break down stereotypes, to show that scientists aren’t just people, they’re sexy people, too.
*This story has been updated to reflect that white Jordan Matter helped come up with the Climate Models idea and consulted on the project, Charlie Naebeck was the one taking the photos.
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