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doi:10.5194/esd-2016-34
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19 Aug 2016
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A revision of this discussion paper was accepted for the journal Earth System Dynamics (ESD).
On the meaning of independence in climate science
James Annan and Julia Hargreaves BlueSkiesResearch.org.uk Settle, UK
Abstract. 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.

Citation: Annan, J. and Hargreaves, J.: On the meaning of independence in climate science, Earth Syst. Dynam. Discuss., doi:10.5194/esd-2016-34, in review, 2016.
James Annan and Julia Hargreaves
James Annan and Julia Hargreaves
James Annan and Julia Hargreaves

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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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