Thursday, 23 July 2009

Structural break models of climatic regime-shifts: claims and forecasts

Structural break models of climatic regime-shifts: claims and forecasts

Abstract: A Chow test for structural breaks in the surface temperature series is used to investigate two common claims about global warming. Quirk (2009) proposed that the increase in Australian temperature from 1910 to the present was largely confined to a regime-shift in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) between 1976 and 1979. The test finds a step change in both Australian and global temperature trends in 1978 (HadCRU3GL), and in Australian rainfall in 1982 with flat temperatures before and after. Easterling & Wehner (2009) claimed that singling out the apparent flatness in global temperature since 1997 is 'cherry picking' to reinforce an arbitrary point of view. On the contrary, we find evidence for a significant change in the temperature series around 1997, corroborated with evidence of a coincident oceanographic regime-shift. We use the trends between these significant change points to generate a forecast of future global temperature under specific assumptions.
Comments: Submitted to the International Journal of Forecasting on 5 July 2009
Subjects: Atmospheric and Oceanic Physics (
Cite as: arXiv:0907.1650v3 []

Submission history

From: David Stockwell PhD [view email]
[v1] Thu, 9 Jul 2009 19:56:23 GMT (92kb,D)
[v2] Thu, 9 Jul 2009 20:00:07 GMT (92kb,D)
[v3] Sun, 12 Jul 2009 20:51:09 GMT (92kb,D)

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