Cx-02 Program, workshop on modeling complex systems

Open-File Report 2003-364
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This publication contains the abstracts and program for the workshop on complex systems that was held on November 19-21, 2002, in Reno, Nevada.

Complex systems are ubiquitous within the realm of the earth sciences. Geological systems consist of a multiplicity of linked components with nested feedback loops; the dynamics of these systems are non-linear, iterative, multi-scale, and operate far from equilibrium. That notwithstanding, It appears that, with the exception of papers on seismic studies, geology and geophysics work has been disproportionally underrepresented at regional and national meetings on complex systems relative to papers in the life sciences. This is somewhat puzzling because geologists and geophysicists are, in many ways, preadapted to thinking of complex system mechanisms. Geologists and geophysicists think about processes involving large volumes of rock below the sunlit surface of Earth, the accumulated consequence of processes extending hundreds of millions of years in the past. Not only do geologists think in the abstract by virtue of the vast time spans, most of the evidence is out-of-sight.

A primary goal of this workshop is to begin to bridge the gap between the Earth sciences and life sciences through demonstration of the universality of complex systems science, both philosophically and in model structures.

Additional publication details

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Cx-02 Program, workshop on modeling complex systems
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2003-364
DOI 10.3133/ofr03364
Edition Version 1.0
Year Published 2003
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy and Geophysics Science Center
Description Readme; Report: 52 p.; Participants: DBF, CSV, FP5; Shape files
Time Range Start 2002-11-19
Time Range End 2002-11-21
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