Articles | Volume 10, issue 9
Research article
21 Sep 2017
Research article |  | 21 Sep 2017

Smoothing data series by means of cubic splines: quality of approximation and introduction of a repeating spline approach

Sabine Wüst, Verena Wendt, Ricarda Linz, and Michael Bittner

Data sets

COSPAR International Reference Atmosphere (CIRA-86): Global Climatology of Atmospheric Parameters Committee on Space Research

Short summary
Cubic splines with equidistant spline sampling points are a common method in atmospheric science for the approximation of background conditions by means of filtering superimposed fluctuations from a data series. However, splines can generate considerable artificial oscillations in the background and the residuals. We introduce a repeating spline approach which is able to significantly reduce this phenomenon and to apply it to TIMED-SABER vertical temperature profiles from 2010 to 2014.