Aliased power of a stochastic temperature field on a sphere
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A random climate field over the globe can be decomposed into a series of spherical harmonic functions. This paper shows that the mean square sampling error for a spherical harmonic coefficient is composed of aliased powers from other spherical harmonic components due to the spatial gaps in sampling networks. A general formula is given for calculating the aliased powers. On the basis of the spectra derived from a noise-forced linear energy balance model (EBM) for the climate field the aliased powers are investigated in detail for the Gauss-Legendre networks and the latitude-longitude uniform networks. It is found that the Gauss-Legendre networks outperform the uniform networks of the same size as long as the number of stations is sufficiently large.
Journal of Geophysical Research Atmospheres
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Li, T. H., North, G. R., & Shen, S. S.
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Li, TH||North, GR||Shen, SS