Friday 19 Jun 2015Empirical validation of conceptual climate models

Charles D Camp - California Polytechnic State University

Harrison 170 11:00-12:00

Conceptual climate models are useful for testing hypotheses regarding the processes underlying observations; but
they generally can only qualitatively match the empirical records. Models based on substantially different underlying physics can have comparable correlations with any given observation; more robust model validation procedures are needed. Using the Mid-Pleistocene Transition as a test case, we will show how modern time-series-analysis techniques can improve validation by extracting subtler features of the observations and models.

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