Observed Climatic Variability: Spatial Structure

  • John M. Wallace
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (volume 44)


Atmospheric dynamicists and statisticians have been working more or less independently, in an effort to make sense out of the structure and behaviour of the climate system. Dynamicists have tended to focus on variables such as geopotential height and wind, whereas statisticians have been primarily concerned with long term trends in regionally, hemispherically or globally averaged quantities such as surface air temperature. The dynamicists have confined their attention almost exclusively to wintertime phenomena, whilst those working to document global temperature trends have considered all seasons. The differing research priorities are rooted in differing paradigms concerning the spatial structure and seasonality of climate variability. In this chapter we will examine these contrasting ways of conceptualizing and analyzing climate variability and attempt to reconcile them.


North Atlantic Oscillation Cold Tongue Residual Time Series Microwave Sound Unit Equatorial Cold Tongue 
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