Phase synchronization in temperature and precipitation records

Diego Rybski, Shlomo Havlin, Armin Bunde

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We study phase synchronization between atmospheric variables such as daily mean temperature and daily precipitation records. We find significant phase synchronization between records of Oxford and Vienna as well as between the records of precipitation and temperature in each city. To find the time delay in the synchronization between the records we study the time lag phase synchronization when the records are shifted by a variable time interval of days. We also compare the results of the method with the classical cross-correlation method and find that in certain cases the phase synchronization yields more significant results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)601-610
Number of pages10
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
StatePublished - 15 Mar 2003

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Funding Information:
We are grateful to Prof. Dr. H.-J. Schellnhuber and Dr. H. Österle from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) for providing the temperature and precipitation records as part of a joint research cooperation. Further we wish to thank Prof. Steve Brenner for discussions on Teleconnections. We like to acknowledge financial support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Israel Science Foundation.


  • Atmosphere
  • Cross-correlation
  • Phase synchronization
  • Teleconnection
  • Time lag


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