Secular changes of annual and interannual variability in the tropics during the past century

Gu Daifang Gu, S. G.H. Philander

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Abstract

Wavelet transforms, which can unfold signals in both time and frequency domains, are used to analyze the Comprehensive Ocean and Atmospheric Data Sets for the period 1870-1988. The focus is on secular changes in the interannual variability and the annual cycle of selected equatorial regions. The amplitude of El Nino/Southern Oscillation (ENSO) is found to be large from 1885 to 1915, to be small during the period 1915-1950, and to increase rapidly after about 1960. Surprisingly, the decadal variations in the amplitude of ENSO are not matched by similar decadal variations in the amplitude of the annual cycle. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)864-876
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Climate
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science

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