Climate Modelling

Authored by: David B. Stephenson

Handbook of Environmental and Ecological Statistics

Print publication date:  September  2017
Online publication date:  January  2019

Print ISBN: 9781498752022
eBook ISBN: 9781315152509
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This chapter aims to provide a statistically-oriented introduction to climate modelling. The following section starts by discussing the concept of climate and presents several different statistical interpretations. Section 28.3 then describes climate processes and modelling, and the main classes of climate model. Design of climate change experiments and ensemble simulation is covered in Section 28.4 followed by a discussion in Section 28.5 of how to make inference about actual climate from data produced by climate model simulations. Selected references are given to relevant literature rather than attempting to provide a comprehensive review.

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