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Sensitivity analysis of the climate of a chaotic system

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This paper addresses some fundamental methodological issues concerning the sensitivity analysis of chaotic geophysical systems. We show, using the Lorenz system as an example, that a naive approach to variational ('adjoint') sensitivity analysis is of limited utility. Applied to trajectories which are long relative to the predictability time scales of the system, cumulative error growth means that adjoint results diverge exponentially from the 'macroscopic climate sensitivity' (that is, the s...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Physics, Atmos Ocean and Planet Physics, Geography
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Author
Journal:
TELLUS SERIES A-DYNAMIC METEOROLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY
Volume:
52
Issue:
5
Pages:
523-532
Publication date:
2000-10-05
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EISSN:
1600-0870
ISSN:
0280-6495
URN:
uuid:9d1893b2-e21c-48c3-a231-faebe638234d
Source identifiers:
12149
Local pid:
pubs:12149
Language:
English

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