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The construction of complex networks from linear and nonlinear measures - Climate networks

Deza, J. Ignacio; Ihshaish, Hisham

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J. Ignacio Deza

Hisham Ihshaish
Senior Lecturer in Information Science


© The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. During the last decade the techniques of complex network analysis have found application in climate research. The main idea consists in embedding the characteristics of climate variables, e.g., temperature, pressure or rainfall, into the topology of complex networks by appropriate linear and nonlinear measures. Applying such measures on climate time series leads to defining links between their corresponding locations on the studied region, whereas the locations are the network's nodes. The resulted networks, consequently, are analysed using the various network analysis tools present in literature in order to get a better insight on the processes, patterns and interactions occurring in climate system. In this regard we present ClimNet; a complete set of software tools to construct climate networks based on a wide range of linear (cross correlation) and nonlinear (Information theoretic) measures. The presented software will allow the construction of large networks' adjacency matrices from climate time series while supporting functions to tune relationships to different time-scales by means of symbolic ordinal analysis. The provided tools have been used in the production of various original contributions in climate research. This work presents an in-depth description of the implemented statistical functions widely used to construct climate networks. Additionally, a general overview of the architecture of the developed software is provided as well as a brief analysis of application examples.


Deza, J. I., & Ihshaish, H. (2015). The construction of complex networks from linear and nonlinear measures - Climate networks. .

Conference Name International Conference On Computational Science, ICCS 2015
Conference Location Reykjavík, Iceland
Start Date Jun 1, 2015
End Date Jun 3, 2015
Online Publication Date Jun 1, 2015
Publication Date Jun 1, 2015
Deposit Date Oct 28, 2015
Publicly Available Date Feb 9, 2016
Journal Procedia Computer Science
Print ISSN 1877-0509
Electronic ISSN 1877-0509
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 51
Issue 1
Pages 404-412
Keywords complex systems, climate networks, time series analysis, graph theory
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