Statistical Methods in the Atmospheric Sciences

Statistical Methods in the Atmospheric Sciences

An Introduction

1st Edition - January 23, 1995

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  • Author: Daniel Wilks
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080541723

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This book introduces and explains the statistical methods used to describe, analyze, test, and forecast atmospheric data. It will be useful to students, scientists, and other professionals who seek to make sense of the scientific literature in meteorology, climatology, or other geophysical disciplines, or to understand and communicate what their atmospheric data sets have to say. The book includes chapters on exploratory data analysis, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, statistical weather forecasting, forecast verification, time(series analysis, and multivariate data analysis. Worked examples, exercises, and illustrations facilitate understanding of the material; an extensive and up-to-date list of references allows the reader to pursue selected topics in greater depth.

Key Features

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@bul:* Presents and explains techniques used in atmospheric data summarization, analysis, testing, and forecasting
* Includes extensive and up-to-date references
* Features numerous worked examples and exercises
* Contains over 130 illustrations


Senior and graduate students in courses in meteorological statistics, statistical chemistry, and meteorological methods. Researchers in atmospheric science, meteorology, and oceanography.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction. Review of Probability. Empirical Distributions and Exploratory Data Analysis. Theoretical Probability Distributions. Hypothesis Testing. Statistical Weather Forecasting. Forecast Verification. Time Series. Methodsfor Multivariate Data. Chapter Exercises. Appendices: Example Data Sets. Selected Probability Tables. Answers to Exercises. References. Subject Index.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 467
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1995
  • Published: January 23, 1995
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080541723

About the Author

Daniel Wilks

Daniel S. Wilks has been a member of the Atmospheric Sciences faculty at Cornell University since 1987, and is the author of Statistical Methods in the Atmospheric Sciences (2011, Academic Press), which is in its third edition and has been continuously in print since 1995. Research areas include statistical forecasting, forecast postprocessing, and forecast evaluation.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University, USA

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