MAC Seminar

Speaker: Valerio Lucarini (Universität Hamburg, Meteorological Institute / University of Reading, UK) Title: Response and Fluctuations in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • When 26-04-2016 from 12:00 to 13:00 (Europe/Amsterdam / UTC200)
  • Where CWI, L120
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Speaker: Valerio Lucarini (Universität Hamburg, Meteorological Institute / University of Reading, UK)
Title: Response and Fluctuations in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

The climate is a complex, chaotic, non-equilibrium system featuring a limited horizon of predictability, variability on a vast range of temporal and spatial scales, instabilities resulting into energy transformations, and mixing and dissipative processes resulting into entropy production. Despite great progresses, we still do not have a complete theory of climate dynamics able to encompass instabilities, equilibration processes, and response to changing parameters of the system. We will outline some possible applications of the response theory developed by Ruelle for non-equilibrium statistical mechanical systems, showing how it allows for setting on firm ground and on a coherent framework concepts like climate sensitivity, climate response, and climate tipping points. We will show results for comprehensive global climate models. The results are promising in terms of suggesting new ways for approaching the problem of climate change prediction and for using more efficiently the enormous amounts of data produced by modeling groups around the world.
V. Lucarini, R. Blender, C. Herbert, F. Ragone, S. Pascale, J. Wouters, Mathematical and Physical Ideas for Climate Science, Reviews of Geophysics 52, 809-859 (2014).