Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
Earth Syst. Dynam., 8, 211–224, 2017
Earth Syst. Dynam., 8, 211–224, 2017

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


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (26 Oct 2016) by Fubao Sun
AR by James Annan on behalf of the Authors (27 Jan 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (04 Feb 2017) by Fubao Sun
ED: Publish as is (22 Feb 2017) by Fubao Sun
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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