Articles | Volume 19, issue 6
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 19, 667–673, 2012

Special issue: Extreme space weather

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 19, 667–673, 2012

Research article 29 Nov 2012

Research article | 29 Nov 2012

On the multi-scale nature of large geomagnetic storms: an empirical mode decomposition analysis

P. De Michelis1,2, G. Consolini3, and R. Tozzi1 P. De Michelis et al.
  • 1Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, 00143 Roma, Italy
  • 2Dip. Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy
  • 3INAF – Istituto di Astrofisica e Planetologia Spaziali, 00133 Roma, Italy

Abstract. Complexity and multi-scale are very common properties of several geomagnetic time series. On the other hand, it is amply demonstrated that scaling properties of geomagnetic time series show significant changes depending on the geomagnetic activity level. Here, we study the multi-scale features of some large geomagnetic storms by applying the empirical mode decomposition technique. This method, which is alternative to traditional data analysis and is designed specifically for analyzing nonlinear and nonstationary data, is applied to long time series of Sym-H index relative to periods including large geomagnetic disturbances. The spectral and scaling features of the intrinsic mode functions (IMFs) into which Sym-H time series can be decomposed, as well as those of the Sym-H time series itself, are studied considering different geomagnetic activity levels. The results suggest an increase of dynamical complexity and multi-scale properties for intermediate geomagnetic activity levels.

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