Climatic Change

, Volume 44, Issue 4, pp 419–422

Avoiding Circular Logic in Climate Modeling

  • H. Rodhe
  • R. J. Charlson
  • T. L. Anderson

DOI: 10.1023/A:1005536902789

Cite this article as:
Rodhe, H., Charlson, R.J. & Anderson, T.L. Climatic Change (2000) 44: 419. doi:10.1023/A:1005536902789


The current debate on climate change and its policy implications often hinges on the credibility of global climate models. In considering this topic, we point out the danger of circular logic if climate model inputs (specifically, climate forcings) are determined from the same temperature record against which climate model outputs are tested. We suggest specific guidelines for avoiding this danger.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Rodhe
    • 1
  • R. J. Charlson
    • 2
  • T. L. Anderson
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of MeteorologyStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden
  2. 2.Department of Atmospheric Sciences and Department of ChemistryUniversity of WashingtonSeattleU.S.A.
  3. 3.Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and OceansUniversity of WashingtonSeattleU.S.A.

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