Advances in Atmospheric Sciences

, Volume 20, Issue 6, pp 934–939

A relationship between solar activity and frequency of natural disasters in China


DOI: 10.1007/BF02915516

Cite this article as:
Zhongrui, W., Feng, S. & Maocang, T. Adv. Atmos. Sci. (2003) 20: 934. doi:10.1007/BF02915516


The relationship between the length of the solar cycle, a good indicator of long-term change in solar activity, and natural disasters (drought, flood, and strong earthquakes) in China during the last 108 years is analyzed. The results suggest that the length of solar cycle may be a useful indicator for drought/flood and strong earthquakes. When the solar activity strengthens, we see the length of the solar cycle shorten and more floods occur in South China and frequent strong earthquakes happen in the Tibetan Plateau, but the droughts in East China as well as the strong earthquakes in Taiwan and at the western boundary of China are very few. The opposite frequencies occur when the solar activity weakens. The current study indicates that the solar activity may play an important role in the climate extremes and behavior in the lithosphere.

Key words

length of the solar cycle natural disasters drought flood earthquake 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research InstituteChinese Academy of SciencesLanzhou
  2. 2.Climate and Bio-Atmospheric Sciences Group, School of Natural Resource SciencesUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA

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