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British Antarctic Survey's Natural Complexity: Data and Theory in Dialogue

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13 August 2007

Day 1 of a 5 day meeting.

All talks on Monday to be held at the Law Faculty, Cambridge.

If you would like to attend this meeting, please contact Nicholas Watkins (nww@bas.ac.uk) for more information.

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The Natural Complexity programme of the British Antarctic Survey is organising a conference entitled “Natural Complexity – data and theory in dialogue” to take place on 13-17 August 2007 at the Law Faculty (13 August) and Clare College (14-17 August), Cambridge. Inspired by the question: “What use is complexity science to global environmental issues” the meeting aims to highlight the contribution that complexity theories are already making to high-priority problems in the earth system sciences and to present them with new challenges.

The Meeting will begin with a 1-day symposium at the Law Faculty introducing some topical earth-system problems, aspects of complexity, and intersection points between the two.

Themes throughout the following 4 days at Clare College will include:

Modern nonlinear time series analysis and dynamical systems

Beyond Brownian motion – random walks and anomalous diffusion

Collective phenomena – networks and extremes

Emergence, self-organisation, and pattern formation

The emphasis throughout the 5 days will be on the relationship of complexity theory to real-world observations and problems. We anticipate that both experts and non-experts in complexity will attend, so to aid dialogue each day will start with tutorials that collectively will cover some of the essential concepts and tools of complexity.

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UserGeoff West, Santa Fe Institute, New Mexico, U.S.A..

HouseLaw Faculty, Cambridge.

ClockMonday 13 August 2007, 16:45-17:30

The Scaling Laws of Human Travel – New Approaches to the Forecast of Epidemics

UserTheo Geisel, Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, Gottingen, Germany .

HouseLaw Faculty, Cambridge.

ClockMonday 13 August 2007, 16:00-16:45

Patterned segregation: Order out of complexity

UserTom Mullin, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, U.K..

HouseLaw Faculty, Cambridge.

ClockMonday 13 August 2007, 14:45-15:30

Qualitative Physics: An alternative approach to assess coupled human-environment systems

User Jurgen P. Kropp, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Potsdam, Germany.

HouseLaw Faculty, Cambridge.

ClockMonday 13 August 2007, 12:05-12:50

Tipping Elements in the Earth System

UserTim Lenton, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

HouseLaw Faculty, Cambridge.

ClockMonday 13 August 2007, 11:20-12:05

Ice cores and climate: Patterns and causes of change

UserEric W. Wolff, British Antarctic Survey.

HouseLaw Faculty, Cambridge.

ClockMonday 13 August 2007, 10:05-10:50

Is a Grand Unified Earth System Science possible? And if so, what might it look like? My best GUESS.

UserJohn Harte, University of California, Berkeley.

HouseLaw Faculty, Cambridge.

ClockMonday 13 August 2007, 09:20-10:05

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