Wavelets, a Numerical Tool for Atmospheric Data Analysis

  • Parick Fischer
  • Ka-Kit Tung
Part of the Applied and Numerical Harmonic Analysis book series (ANHA)


Multiresolution methods, such as the wavelet decompositions, are increasingly used in physical applications where multiscale phenomena occur. We present in this review paper two applications illustrating that the classical 30-year-old continuous wavelets are still used and useful in physics. In the first part, using a Continuous Wavelet Transform (CWT) for the determination of local QBO (Quasi-Biennial Oscillation) period, we reexamine the previous finding that the period of the QBO in the lower stratosphere is longer during solar minima. In the second part, we use a wavelet-based multifractal approach to describe qualitatively and quantitatively the complex temporal patterns of atmospheric data. Time series of geopotential height are used in this study. More detailed versions of these results have already been published in dedicated papers.


Partition Function Solar Cycle Mother Wavelet Continuous Wavelet Transform Singularity Spectrum 
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The research was supported by the National Science Foundation, Climate Dynamics Program, under grant ATM-0332364, and the DGA (French Defense Department) under contract


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Mathématiques de BordeauxUniversité Bordeaux 1Talence CedexFrance

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