From July 9 to 11, 2001, 50 researchers from the fields of climate dynamics and stochastic analysis met in Chorin, Germany, to discuss the idea of stochastic models of climate. The present issue of Stochastics and Dynamics collects several papers following from this meeting. In this introduction to the volume, the idea of simple conceptual stochastic climate models is introduced and recent results in the mathematically rigorous development and analysis of such models are reviewed. As well, a brief overview of the application of ideas from stochastic dynamics to simple models of the climate system is given.
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