Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Research article
21 Mar 2017
Research article |  | 21 Mar 2017

On the meaning of independence in climate science

James D. Annan and Julia C. Hargreaves

Data sets

WCRP CMIP3 multi-model dataset PCMDI (Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison)

Short summary
The concept of independence has been frequently raised in climate science, but has rarely been defined and discussed in a theoretically robust and quantifiable manner. Improved understanding of this topic is critical to better understanding of climate change. In this paper, we introduce a unifying approach based on the statistical definition of independence, and illustrate with simple examples how it can be applied to practical questions.
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