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Earth Syst. Dynam., 8, 211-224, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-8-211-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
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Research article
21 Mar 2017
On the meaning of independence in climate science
James D. Annan and Julia C. Hargreaves
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Interactive discussionStatus: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
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SC1: 'Short comment', Nadja Herger, 05 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
AC1: 'Reply', James Annan, 08 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
 
RC1: 'Review of Annan and Hargreaves', Ben Sanderson, 17 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
AC2: 'Reply to Ben Sanderson', James Annan, 26 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
 
RC2: 'Review ESD 2016-34', Anonymous Referee #2, 26 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version Supplement 
AC3: 'Reply to Reviewer #2', James Annan, 29 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
 
RC3: 'Review of "On the meaning of independence in climate science"', Gab Abramowitz, 27 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
AC4: 'Reply to Gab Abramowitz', James Annan, 29 Sep 2016 Printer-friendly Version 
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AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (26 Oct 2016) by Fubao Sun  
AR by James Annan on behalf of the Authors (27 Jan 2017)  Author's response  Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (04 Feb 2017) by Fubao Sun
ED: Publish as is (22 Feb 2017) by Fubao Sun  
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Short summary
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.
The concept of independence has been frequently raised in climate science, but has rarely been...
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