Thirty-five-year climatic cycle in heliogeophysics, psychophysiology, military politics, and economics

F. Halberg, Germaine G Cornelissen-Guillaume, R. B. Sothern, J. Czaplicki, O. Schwartzkopff

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Cycles of about 35 years found in the climate by Brückner and Egeson were aligned with periodic changes in the length of the solar cycle by the Lockyers. The solar-cycle length and climate were subsequently revisited without reference to any cyclicity or those who discovered it. The descriptive statistics of Bruckner and Lockyer were repeatedly questioned and, with notable exceptions, have been forgotten. Bruckner's data, taken from his summary chart, are shown here for the first time inferentially statistically validated as nonstationary (to the point of intermittency) and, as transdisciplinary, extending from meteorology to 2556 years of international battles; to 2189 years of tree rings; to ~900 years of northern lights; to 400 years of economics; to 173 years of military affairs; and to ~40 years of helio-, interplanetary- and geomagnetics matching a longitudinal record by a healthy individual who self-measured his heart rate and mental functions (with a 1-min time estimation), among other variables. Space weather, mirrored in the circulation of human blood, can be tracked biologically as a dividend from self-assessed preventive health care including the automatically and ambulatory-recorded heart rate and blood pressure for detecting and treating heretofore ignored vascular variability disorders. A website providing free analyses for anyone (in exchange for their data) could serve any community with computer-savvy members and could start focusing the attention of the population at large on problems of societal as well as individual health. Space weather was found to affect the human cardiovascular system, and it has been supposed that data on space weather can be inversely assimilated from biological self-monitoring data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)844-864
Number of pages21
JournalIzvestiya - Atmospheric and Ocean Physics
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2010

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In his study entitled “Simultaneous Solar and Ter restrial Changes,” N. Lockyer [Lockyer, 1903] wrote: “There are many cases recorded in the history of sci ence in which we find that the most valuable and important applications have arisen from the study of the ideally useless. Long period weather forecasting, which at last seems to be coming into the region of practical politics as a result of the observation of solar changes, is another sample of this sequence.” ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This study was supported by the United States National Institute of Health, pr. GM 13981, and by the Supercomputing Institute of the University of Minnesota.


  • 35-year cycle
  • automatic system of self-assessed health care
  • climatic changes
  • multidisciplinary data

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