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Activity Number: 620 - Spatial and Spatiotemporal Modeling in Climate and Meteorology
Type: Contributed
Date/Time: Thursday, August 1, 2019 : 8:30 AM to 10:20 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics and the Environment
Abstract #304555
Title: Bayesian Spatio-Temporal Modeling of Arctic Sea Ice Extent
Author(s): Bohai Zhang*
Companies: Nankai University
Keywords: Spatio-temporal statistics; Bayesian hierarchical model; sea ice

Arctic sea ice extent has drawn considerable interest from geoscientists for the last two decades owing to its rapid decline. In this paper, we propose a Bayesian spatio-temporal hierarchical model for Arctic sea ice extent data, where a latent spatio-temporal Gaussian process is used to model the data dependence and linked to the observations, which here are binary. Through a simulation study, we investigate how parameter uncertainty in a complex hierarchical model can influence spatio-temporal prediction. These results inform how inference will proceed on Arctic sea ice extent over a period of more than twenty years. Covariates that are physically motivated are chosen through autologistic diagnostics. Finally, new summary statistics are proposed to detect the changing patterns of Arctic sea ice between successive time periods.

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