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University of California
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Special Colloquium Series, Spring & Fall 2005

Between Nature and Science:

Advanced Modeling Concepts for Environmental Sciences.

The complexity of natural systems has challenged scientists to seek new approaches to better describe, understand, and analyze environmental processes. Conceptual frameworks are sought that appropriately account for the effects of heterogeneity, patterns, hierarchies, and other complex interactions in natural systems at multiple space and time scales. Recent advances in physics and applied mathematics have led to the development of fascinating new methods that may serve this purpose in many environmental science disciplines.

The colloquium series features internationally acclaimed scientists that work at the leading edge of developing nontraditional mathematical, physical, and chemical concepts applicable to complex systems. These concepts include scaling, percolation theory, novel stochastic methods, fractals, chance, networks, cellular automata, and other aspects of nonlinear dynamical systems.

Many of these concepts are absent from the conventional palette of environmental scientists and of students in environmental sciences and geosciences. The specific purpose of these colloquia is to provide an introductory, illustrative tour of these topics at a level suitable for students and practitioners in environmental sciences, geosciences, as well as engineering and science. The Colloquium Series provides a unique opportunity to foster a dialogue between sciences, engineering, and environmental sciences.

Date: Speaker:
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Title: Abstract,
Biography:
Webcast Archive*:
Apr 14 Muhammad Sahimi "The Effect of Connectivity of Microscopic Elements of Disordered Systems on their Macroscopic Properties: Introduction to Percolation Theory" Download REALPLAYER | WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
Apr 21 Alan Hastings "Transient Dynamics: The Key to Ecological Understanding" Download REALPLAYER | WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
Apr 28 Vit Klemes "Some Thoughts About Stochastic Hydrologic Modeling Inspired by the Canadian Wilderness" Download REALPLAYER | WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
May 12 Constantino Tsallis "Nonextensive Statistical Mechanics - Introduction and Applications" Download REALPLAYER | WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
May 19 John Rundle "Process Pattern, Prediction: Understanding Complexity in Driven Dynamical Systems" Download REALPLAYER | WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
May 26 Christian Jacob "Process Pattern, Prediction: Understanding Complexity in Driven Dynamical Systems" Download REALPLAYER | WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
June 2 Jim Crutchfield "Multiagent Dynamical Systems" Download REALPLAYER | WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
Oct 6 Brian Higgins "Exploring Chemical Reaction Networks in Science and Technology" Download REALPLAYER | WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
Oct 12 Didier Sornette "Endogenous versus Exogenous Origins of Crises" Download REALPLAYER | WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
Oct 20 Carlos Puente "From Complexity to Peace"
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Oct 27 Raissa D'Souza "Networks, Power Laws, and Phase Transitions" Download REALPLAYER | WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
Nov 3 Don Turcotte "Natural hazards as self-organizing complex systems" Download REALPLAYER | WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
Nov 10 Melanie Mitchell "The Prospects and Perils of Complex Systems Modeling"
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Nov 17 Michelle Girvan "Insights into Complex Networks" Download REALPLAYER | WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER
Nov 24 Thanksgiving      
Dec 1 Liz Bradley "Nonlinear Dynamics, Modeling, and the Environmental Sciences: Ideas and Tools"
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*Webcast information:
This lecture series is available for archive Web casting in both Real Player and Windows Media Player. Some users will have to wait for the entire Real Media Player file to download before it will play. The free Real Player can be downloaded from Real Networks.

Ongoing Seminars:
For our ongoing seminar series, please visit the Hydrologic Sciences seminar webpage

If you enjoyed the 2005 Colloquium series then you should check out the UCD Computational Science and Engineering Center series entitled, "Science of Complex Systems." This new series starts in January 2006 and will surely delve deeper into issues in complexity brought up in "Advanced Modeling Concepts in Environmental Sciences."

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