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Comment on Another Look at Climate Sensitivity by Zaliapin and Ghil (2010) : Volume 18, Issue 1 (18/02/2011)

By Roe, G. H.

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Title: Comment on Another Look at Climate Sensitivity by Zaliapin and Ghil (2010) : Volume 18, Issue 1 (18/02/2011)  
Author: Roe, G. H.
Volume: Vol. 18, Issue 1
Language: English
Subject: Science, Nonlinear, Processes
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Baker, M. B., & Roe, G. H. (2011). Comment on Another Look at Climate Sensitivity by Zaliapin and Ghil (2010) : Volume 18, Issue 1 (18/02/2011). Retrieved from

Description: Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 98195, USA. Zaliapin and Ghil (hereafter, ZG) claim that the linearity of the climate feedback model in Roe and Baker (2007) (hereafter, RB) invalidates our derivation of the well-known skewed shapes of published probability distributions (pdfs) of climate sensitivity. We show here that linearity is fully justified. Nonlinearity could be of some importance only if the focus is on exotic and improbable events, which appear to be the focus of ZG, instead of the sensitivity pdfs, which were the focus of RB.

Comment on Another look at climate sensitivity by Zaliapin and Ghil (2010)

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