Theoretical and Applied Climatology

, Volume 121, Issue 3–4, pp 767–773 | Cite as

Symmetric scaling properties in global surface air temperature anomalies

  • Costas A. VarotsosEmail author
  • Maria N. Efstathiou
Original Paper


We have recently suggested “long-term memory” or internal long-range correlation within the time-series of land-surface air temperature (LSAT) anomalies in both hemispheres. For example, an increasing trend in the LSAT anomalies is followed by another one at a different time in a power-law fashion. However, our previous research was mainly focused on the overall long-term persistence, while in the present study, the upward and downward scaling dynamics of the LSAT anomalies are analysed, separately. Our results show that no significant fluctuation differences were found between the increments and decrements in LSAT anomalies, over the whole Earth and over each hemisphere, individually. On the contrary, the combination of land-surface air and sea-surface water temperature anomalies seemed to cause a departure from symmetry and the increments in the land and sea surface temperature anomalies appear to be more persistent than the decrements.


Detrended Fluctuation Analysis Local Slope Fluctuation Function Abovementioned Result Linear Local Trend 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Climate Research Group, Division of Environmental Physics and Meteorology, Faculty of PhysicsUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

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