Wavelet and cross correlation analysis on some climatology parameters of Nepal

Authors

  • Babu Ram Tiwari State Key Laboratory of Space Weather, National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0977-6652
  • Jiyao Xu State Key Laboratory of Space Weather, National Space Science Center, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing
  • Binod Adhikari Department of Physics, St. Xavier’s College, Maitighar , Kathmandu
  • Narayan Prasad Chapagain Department of Physics, Amrit Campus, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/bibechana.v18i2.33805

Keywords:

Climate variability, Wavelet transform, Cross-correlation analysis

Abstract

This study has been performed to understand the relationship between sunspot numbers (SSN) with climatology related parameters like temperature and rainfall from 1901 to 2016. The spectral characteristics of sunspot numbers, temperature and rainfall have been observed using continuous wavelet transform. Cross-correlation analyses were also performed to find any relation among temperature, rainfall, and sunspot numbers. The 9–11 year periodicity of sunspot numbers confirmed by wavelet transform in annual scale. The periodicity of high-frequency signals is identified between 4 to 11 years whereas the low frequencies signal is found throughout the periods of observation for temperature. Similarly, it is clear that there is more concentration of power between 8–16 years for rainfall. Cross-correlation analysis shows that the sunspot numbers is highly correlated with rainfall and temperature (correlation coefficient ~ 0.8054). The time lag relationship resulted in the almost simultaneous linear relationship between the temperature, rainfall, and the SSN tendency. The development of convective motions over the subtropics might be affected by the time rate of change of SSN combined with the surface temperature changes of diverse time scales. The convective motions were mostly controlled by the available amount of water vapor and the stability of the atmosphere that had a strong connection with the heat capacity of the concerned region. To produce more authentic findings for policy implications, further comprehensive and appropriate research can be undertaken and implemented in this very important field.

BIBECHANA 18 (2) (2021) 105-115

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Published

2021-05-29

How to Cite

Tiwari, B. R., Xu, J., Adhikari, B., & Chapagain, N. P. (2021). Wavelet and cross correlation analysis on some climatology parameters of Nepal. BIBECHANA, 18(2), 105–116. https://doi.org/10.3126/bibechana.v18i2.33805

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