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Environmental superstatistics

Beck, C (Queen Mary, University of London)
Wednesday 30 October 2013, 09:35-10:10

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute


Complex systems in driven nonequilibrium situations often consist of a superposition of several dynamics on well-separated time scales. Sometimes the parameters of the system fluctuate as well, on a much larger time scale than the local dynamics. The resulting marginal distributions typically have fat tails, which can be understood by superstatistical techniques. After a short review of the field I will concentrate on some examples relevant for planet earth: The dynamics of tracer particles in turbulent flows, the surface temperature statistics at various locations on planet earth, and the dynamics of sea levels.


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