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Volume 7, issue 1
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 281-293, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-281-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 281-293, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-281-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 31 Mar 2016

Research article | 31 Mar 2016

Late Quaternary temperature variability described as abrupt transitions on a 1/f noise background

Martin Rypdal and Kristoffer Rypdal Martin Rypdal and Kristoffer Rypdal
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Tromsø The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway

Abstract. In order to have a scaling description of the climate system that is not inherently non-stationary, the rapid shifts between stadials and interstadials during the last glaciation (the Dansgaard-Oeschger events) cannot be included in the scaling law. The same is true for the shifts between the glacial and interglacial states in the Quaternary climate. When these events are omitted from a scaling analysis the climate noise is consistent with a 1/f law on timescales from months to 105 years. If the shift events are included, the effect is a break in the scaling with an apparent 1/fβ law, with β > 1, for the low frequencies. No evidence of multifractal intermittency has been found in any of the temperature records investigated, and the events are not a natural consequence of multifractal scaling.

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We analyse scaling in temperature signals for the late quaternary climate, and focus on the effects of regime shifting events such as the Dansgaard-Oeschger cycles and the shifts between glacial and interglacial conditions. When these events are omitted from a scaling description the climate noise is consistent with a 1/f law on timescales from months to 105 years. If the events are included in the description, we obtain a model that is inherently non-stationary.
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