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Last Updated on Friday, 07 May 2010 20:59
Published on Wednesday, 23 February 2005 00:00

Scientists have come to realize that certain complex phenomena in nature share the common feature that 'extreme events' - that is, events on a scale much larger than the average - are much more likely to happen than we would expect from our 'everyday experience' or from traditional theories. Examples of such phenomena include solar activity, earthquakes, forest fires, space weather and turbulence. With the aim of understanding how such phenomena behave, and being able to calculate how likely extreme events are, world experts in the subject are holding a one-day workshop as part of the Royal Astronomical Society's monthly meeting in London on 8 December. The workshop, entitled 'Self Organised Criticality and Turbulence in the Solar System' will provide a platform for researchers to air the latest results from theoretical simulations and observations of these kinds of complex phenomena.

The meeting is being held at the Geological Society Lecture Theatre, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1, from 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on Friday 8 December. The organisers are Professor Sandra C. Chapman (Space and Astrophysics, University of Warwick), Dr Sean Oughton (University College London) and Dr Mervyn P. Freeman (British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge).

For more background and information about this subject, or about the meeting, contact Professor Chapman. (See contact details at the head of this release.)

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