Articles | Volume 26, issue 4
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 26, 359–369, 2019

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Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 26, 359–369, 2019

Review article 08 Oct 2019

Review article | 08 Oct 2019

Numerical bifurcation methods applied to climate models: analysis beyond simulation

Henk A. Dijkstra

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I provide a personal view on the role of bifurcation analysis of climate models in the development of a theory of variability in the climate system. By outlining the state of the art of the methodology and by discussing what has been done and what has been learned from a hierarchy of models, I will argue that there are low-order phenomena of climate variability, such as El Niño and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation.