Discriminating between Models: An Application to Relative Sea Level at Brest Academic Article uri icon


  • A simple, informal method is presented for discriminating between competing models of trend in a climate record. The method is applied to a tide gauge record of relative sea level at Brest for the period 1807-1970. Although relative sea level at Brest appears to have accelerated over this period, it is impossible to distinguish between a smooth acceleration and one that occurred over a relatively short period of time.

publication date

  • July 1990