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Statistical Analysis in Climate Research

By: Hans von Storch and Francis W Zwiers

484 pages, 2 b/w photos, 229 figs, 14 tabs, maps

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Feb 2002 | #124963 | ISBN: 0521012309
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Hardback | Jul 1999 | #85644 | ISBN: 0521450713
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Helps the climatologist understand the basic precepts of the statatician's art and to provide some of the background needed to apply statistical methodology correctly and usefully.

' ... this book ... should form the centrepiece of the climate analyst's reference shelf'. Robert E. Livezey, Nature ' ... an excellent manual for a broad group of applied statisticians.' World Meteorological Organization ' ... an extremely interesting, enlightening and thought provoking read ... I can thoroughly recommend this book to all climate researchers for whom statistics play a central role in research. This publication would also serve extremely well as a text for advanced courses in climatology, meteorology, atmospheric science and oceanography.' International Journal of Climatology '... an excellent addition to the subject literature and I can imagine its being a valuable library resource in support of graduate dissertation work.' Stephen Dorling, Geography and Environmental Science '... for climatologists dabbling in statistics, I would call this an essential text.' Journal of the American Statistical Association 'This single book provides climatologists - whether they work in modeling or in measuring, whether they are professionals seeking references or students starting to learn - with what they need to know about statistical analysis' Computers and Geosciences '... a useful starting point for any mathematician who wishes to learn more about climate research.' Dr David B. Stephenson, Mathematics Today '... a wonderful reference to better understand the state of the art of climatological modeling.' Jorg Matschullat, Environmental Geology '[readers] will gain new insights ... and will certainly get a lot of new ideas.' Meteorologische Zeitschrift ' ... certainly excellent value for your money ...' Computers & Geosciences


1. Introduction; Part I. Fundamentals: 2. Probability theory; 3. Distributions of climate variables; 4. Concepts in statistical inference; 5. Estimation; Part II. Confirmation and Analysis: 6. The statistical test of a hypothesis; 7. Analysis of atmospheric circulation problems; Part III. Fitting Statistical Models: 8. Regression; 9. Analysis of variance; Part IV. Time Series: 10. Time series and stochastic processes; 11. Parameters of univariate and bivariate time series; 12. Estimating covariance functions and spectra; Part V. Eigen Techniques: 13. Empirical orthogonal functions; 14. Canonical correlation analysis; 15. POP analysis; 16. Complex eigentechniques; Part VI. Other Topics: 17. Specific statistical concepts in climate research; 18. Forecast quality evaluation; Part VII. Appendices.

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Hans von Storch is Director of the Institute of Hydrophysics of the GKSS Research Centre in Geesthacht, Germany and a Professor at the Meteorological Institute of the University of Hamburg. Francis W. Zwiers is Chief of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis, Atmospheric Environment Service, Victoria, Canada, and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Mathematicw and Statistics of the University of Victoria.

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