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Complex Systems and Complexity Science, 8(1), 27–38 (2011)

Recent advances in complex climate network analysis

Y. Zou, J.F. Donges, J. Kurths

The complex climate network approach provides a compelling perspective for identifying and analyzing spatial and temporal patterns in the Earth's climate system, which are deepening our understanding for the underlying physical processes. We review some recent results published in the literature, discuss the main problems of climate network research and provide some feasible solutions. We suggest that the use of complex network approaches has to be tailored carefully to the purpose of investigating climatological problems and geophysical processes. We further point out the importance of applying nonlinear measures of time series analysis for constructing climate networks.