Articles | Volume 22, issue 4
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 22, 433–446, 2015

Special issue: Complex network approaches to analyzing and modeling nonlinear...

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 22, 433–446, 2015

Research article 30 Jul 2015

Research article | 30 Jul 2015

Global terrestrial water storage connectivity revealed using complex climate network analyses

A. Y. Sun et al.

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Terrestrial water storage (TWS) plays a key role in global water and energy cycles. This work applies complex climate networks to analyzing spatial patterns in TWS. A comparative analysis is conducted using a remotely sensed (GRACE) and a model-generated TWS data set. Our results reveal hotspots of TWS anomalies around the global land surfaces. Prospects are offered on using network connectivity as constraints to further improve current global land surface models.