Volume 83, Number 2, July 2008
Article Number 28005
Number of page(s) 5
Section Interdisciplinary Physics and Related Areas of Science and Technology
Published online 03 July 2008
EPL, 83 (2008) 28005
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/83/28005

Pattern of climate network blinking links follows El Niño events

A. Gozolchiani1, K. Yamasaki2, O. Gazit1 and S. Havlin1

1  Minerva Center and Department of Physics, Bar Ilan University - Ramat Gan, Israel
2  Tokyo University of Information Sciences - Chiba, Japan

received 2 May 2008; accepted in final form 2 June 2008; published July 2008
published online 3 July 2008

Using measurements of atmospheric temperatures, we create a weighted network in different regions on the globe. The weight of each link is composed of two numbers -the correlations strength between the two places and the time delay between them. A characterization of the different typical links that exist is presented. A surprising outcome of the analysis is a new dynamical quantity of link blinking that seems to be sensitive especially to El Niño even in geographical regimes outside the Pacific Ocean.

89.75.-k - Complex systems. - El Niño Southern Oscillation.
05.40.-a - Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, noise, and Brownian motion.

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