Modelling and Observations: The use of Diagnostics

  • David G. Andrews
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASIC, volume 321)


This paper discusses some of the uses and limitations of dynamical diagnostics in the study of atmospheric models and observational data, and in the intercomparison of the two. Some of the problems of interpreting diagnostics are mentioned, with particular attention to the difficulties of extracting causal information. The need for controlled experiments with models for the latter purpose is stressed.


Planetary Wave Middle Atmosphere Baroclinic Instability Stratospheric Sudden Warming Antarctic Ozone 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • David G. Andrews
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  1. 1.Meteorological Office UnitHooke Institute Clarendon LaboratoryOxfordUK

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