Wavelet spectral analysis of teleconnection indices and activities of beryllium-7 and lead-210 in ground level air in Belgrade, Serbia
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Activities of beryllium-7 and lead-210 are monitored in ground level air in Belgrade, Serbia. The measuring sites are located at the Institute of Nuclear Sciences Vinča. The activities are determined on HPGe detectors by standard gamma spectrometry. Five teleconnection indices of large scale atmospheric circulation: North Atlantic Oscillation, East Atlantic Pattern, East Atlantic/West Russia Pattern, Scandinavia Pattern, and Polar/Eurasia Pattern are obtained from the data archive of the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center. The collected time series consist of monthly values and span more than two decades: beryllium-7 since 1991, lead-210 since 1985, and the teleconnection indices since 1950, thus offering data arrays of sufficient lengths for wavelet spectral analysis. A relation between the radionuclides' activities and the indices is first investigated using Pearson's correlation coefficients. The computed coefficients do not ind...icate a linear relationship between the variables. However, the wavelet spectral analysis shows a number of common characteristic frequencies in the data arrays. The annual cycle of all the variables is clearly evident. A common time period of two to three years is also found, as well as a higher frequency variability corresponding to five to six months.
Keywords:Air / Beryllium-7 / Lead-210 / Teleconnection indices / Wavelet analysis
Source:RAD Conference Proceedings, 2014, 53-56
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- Studying climate change and its influence on environment: impacts, adaptation and mitigation (RS-43007)