Complex Fluids Seminar – University of Copenhagen

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Complex Fluids Seminar

In Fall, 2017, at Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen, we are starting a new seminar series titled “Complex Fluids”, which brings together the complex systems and geophysical fluid dynamics fields. 

The scope of this seminar is to encourage models that describe complex processes in fluids, e.g. those involving some type of emergent aspect, self-organization, bistability, oscillations, scale interactions, long-ranged order, you name it ;) Classical examples for models of complex systems are: the Ising model, the Rayleigh-Bénard convection transition, herding and flocking behavior, etc.

We are interested in conceptual (but not necessarily complicated) models that are able to capture the core dynamical processes and (some of) the feedbacks in a fluid dynamical system, without getting lost in comprehensive models and many parameters. The sacrifice may sometimes be, that not all processes are considered, and that quantitative detail is missing.

The gain however lies in the theoretical understanding of the model and thereby at least some aspects of reality. We therefore encourage talks that offer a speculate, provocative view on crucial processes, e.g. in the climate system, that are currently not well understood or uncertain.

The seminar takes place on Wednesdays at noon and starts with an informal lunch. Initially, the seminar will be approximately twice per month. Presentations start around 12:30 and normally take around 45 minutes. The seminar will be complementary to the existing BioComplexity seminar (both in terms of schedule and topics). For a schedule including abstracts, please check back here in August 2017. 

researchers involved:

Jan O. Haerter (Atmospheric Complexity)

Peter Ditlevsen (climate research, turbulence, meteorology, complex systems, time series analysis and statistical physics)

Markus Jochum (Watermass transformation in the Nordic Seas and the Arctic Ocean, Dansgaard-Oeschger Events)

Joachim Mathiesen (earth patterns, predicting petrophysical parameters, flow in transforming porous media)

Eigil Kaas (climate dynamics, meteorology and numerical methods used in atmospheric models, and coupled atmospheric chemistry transport models)

Mogens H. Jensen (chaos, fractals, oscillations, turbulence)