Recurrence Plots from Altimetry Data of Some Lakes in Africa

Recurrence Plots from Altimetry Data of Some Lakes in Africa

Loading document ...
Loading page ...


Author(s): Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

Download Full PDF Read Complete Article

DOI: 10.18483/ijSci.534 447 1079 19-27 Volume 3 - Jul 2014


The paper shows recurrence plots obtained from time series of the level variations of four lakes in Africa (Nasser, Tana, Chad and Kainji). The data, coming from remote sensing, are provided by the United States Department of Agriculture. The recurrence plots allow a good visual comparison of the behaviours of local drainage basins.


Recurrence plots, Geophysics, Chaos, Attractors, Climate


  1. G. Box and G. Jenkins, Time Series Analysis Forecasting and Control, Holden-Day, San Francisco, 1976
  2. J.-P. Eckmann, S.O. Kamphorst and D. Ruelle, Recurrence Plots of Dynamical Systems, Europhysics Letters, 1987, Volume 5, Pages 973-977
  3. J.-P. Eckmann and D. Ruelle, Ergodic Theory of Chaos and Strange Attractors, Review of Modern Physics, 1985, Volume 57, Issue 3, Pages 617-656
  5. A.C. Sparavigna, Recurrence Plots of Sunspots, Solar Flux and Irradiance, arXiv:0804.1941 [physics.pop-ph], 2008
  6. C.L. Webber Jr and J.P. Zbilut, Dynamical Assessment of Physiological Systems and States Using Recurrence Plot Strategies, Journal of Applied Physiology, 1994, Volume 76, Issue 2, Pages 965-973
  7. J.P. Zbilut, N. Thomasson, and C.L. Webber, Recurrence Quantification Analysis as a Tool for Nonlinear Exploration of Nonstationary Cardiac Signals, Medical Engineering & Physics, 2002, Volume 24, Issue 1, Pages 53-60
  8. Gaoxiang Ouyang, Li Xiaoli, Dang Chuangyin and D.A. Richards, Using Recurrence Plot for Determinism Analysis of EEG Recordings in Genetic Absence Epilepsy Rats, Clinical Neurophysiology, 2008, Volume 119, Issue 8, Pages 1747-1755
  9. N. Marwan and J. Kurths, Cross Recurrence Plots and Their Applications, in Mathematical Physics Research at the Cutting Edge, C.V. Benton Editor, pp.101-139, Nova Science Publishers, 2004
  10. J.P. Zbilut and C.L. Webber Jr., Embeddings and Delays as Derived from Quantification of Recurrence Plots, Phys. Letters A, 1992, Volume 171, Issue 3-4, Pages 199-203
  11. USDA, at cropexplorer/ global_reservoir/
  12. E. Kononov, Visual Recurrence Analysis,
  13. E. Kononov, visual-recurrence-
  14. E. Kononov, VRA_Main_Description_.html
  15. Vv. Aa., Wikipedia, /wiki/Rössler_attractor
  16. Vv. Aa., Wikipedia, /wiki/Lorenz_system
  17. Vv. Aa., Wikipedia, /wiki/Nile#Blue_Nile
  18. A.C. Sparavigna, The Merowe Dam on the Nile, Archaeogate, 3 December 2012, available at
  19. A.C. Sparavigna, Merowe Dam and the Inundation of Paleochannels of the Nile, arXiv:1011.4911 [physics.geo-ph], 2010
  20. G.N. Shimang, Post-Harvest Losses in Inland Fisheries in Nigeria with Emphasis on Lake Chad and Lake Kainji, Proceedings of the Symposium on Post-Harvest Fish Technology, Cairo, Egypt, 21–22 October, 1990

Cite this Article:

International Journal of Sciences is Open Access Journal.
This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.
Author(s) retain the copyrights of this article, though, publication rights are with Alkhaer Publications.

Search Articles

Issue June 2024

Volume 13, June 2024

Table of Contents

World-wide Delivery is FREE

Share this Issue with Friends:

Submit your Paper