Articles | Volume 23, issue 5
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 23, 361–374, 2016
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 23, 361–374, 2016

Research article 20 Sep 2016

Research article | 20 Sep 2016

Wavelet analysis of the singular spectral reconstructed time series to study the imprints of solar–ENSO–geomagnetic activity on Indian climate

Sri Lakshmi Sunkara1 and Rama Krishna Tiwari2 Sri Lakshmi Sunkara and Rama Krishna Tiwari
  • 1University Centre for Earth and Space Sciences, University of Hyderabad, 500 046 Hyderabad, India
  • 2CSIR-National Geophysical Research Institute, Uppal Road, 500 007 Hyderabad, India

Abstract. To study the imprints of the solar–ENSO–geomagnetic activity on the Indian subcontinent, we have applied singular spectral analysis (SSA) and wavelet analysis to the tree-ring temperature variability record from the Western Himalayas. Other data used in the present study are the solar sunspot number (SSN), geomagnetic indices (aa index), and the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) for the common time period of 1876–2000. Both SSA and wavelet spectral analyses reveal the presence of 5–7-year short-term ENSO variations and the 11-year solar cycle, indicating the possible combined influences of solar–geomagnetic activities and ENSO on the Indian temperature. Another prominent signal corresponding to 33-year periodicity in the tree-ring record suggests the Sun-temperature variability link probably induced by changes in the basic state of the Earth's atmosphere. In order to complement the above findings, we performed a wavelet analysis of SSA reconstructed time series, which agrees well with our earlier results and increases the signal-to-noise ratio, thereby showing the strong influence of solar–geomagnetic activity and ENSO throughout the entire period. The solar flares are considered responsible for causing the atmospheric circulation patterns. The net effect of solar–geomagnetic processes on the temperature record might suggest counteracting influences on shorter (about 5–6-year) and longer (about 11–12-year) timescales. The present analyses suggest that the influence of solar activities on the Indian temperature variability operates in part indirectly through coupling of ENSO on multilateral timescales. The analyses, hence, provide credible evidence of teleconnections of tropical Pacific climatic variability and Indian climate ranging from inter-annual to decadal timescales and also suggest the possible role of exogenic triggering in reorganizing the global Earth–ocean–atmospheric systems.

Short summary
This paper presents a new spectral approach to identifying the periodic patterns from the published Indian temperature variability records. The wavelet analysis of the SSA reconstructed time series highlights the removal of noise in the data and identifies the existence of a high-amplitude, recurrent, multidecadal scale patterns in the Indian continent, confirming the possible influences of sunspot-geomagnetic activity-ENSO through teleconnection.