On the application of the adjoint method of sensitivity analysis to problems in the atmospheric sciences

DAN G. CACUCI, MICHAEL E. SCHLESINGER

Abstract

Motivated by a recent article published in this journal by Marchuk and Skiba (1992), we present a brief review of the development of the adjoint method of sensitivity analysis, highlighting its limitations and applicability to both linear and nonlinear systems. In the process, the work of Marchuk and Skiba (1992) is set in perspective, both historically and mathematically.

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