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NC-NCP: Natural Complexity Project

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Title: NC-NCP: Natural Complexity Project
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COMPLEXITY will apply new mathematical methods to data sets drawn from across the GSAC programme to reveal previously hidden underlying patterns and laws, and to develop new mathematical models to explain them. This is known as the field of complexity science. Combined with results from other BAS scientific programmes this work will help assess the likelihood of extreme environmental changes. As far as we are aware, the Earth is the most complex object in the Universe. It is not sufficient to investigate aspects of its nature and functioning separately, since features of its overall behaviour are difficult to predict from a detailed study of its components. However, new theoretical concepts and advanced mathematical tools, together with ever-increasing computer power, offer the potential to identify related patterns of behaviour in apparently dissimilar natural systems. For example, it is now possible to predict the odds of an avalanche of a given size in a sand pile without having to know the movement of every grain, using an approach which can also be applied to the study of stock-market fluctuations. Such mathematical modelling and analysis tools can be applied to the behaviour of previously ill-understood natural phenomena ranging from earthquakes to magnetic substorms. COMPLEXITY will apply new mathematical techniques to focused goals in each of the four main spheres of BAS science. It will analyse data sets already held at BAS, and new data acquired under GSAC. COMPLEXITY has links with GEACEP, GRADES, CACHE, DISCOVERY 2010 and SEC. Objectives include: * Identify, measure and explain aspects of complexity in four main components of the Earth system: the atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, and magnetosphere * Use ideas and methods from complexity science to offer new insights into environmental problems under investigation in selected BAS science programmes
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Progress: In Work
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: As needed
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Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: GCMD SCIENCE PARAMETERS
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ANCILLARY KEYWORDS
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Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > ATMOSPHERE > AIR QUALITY
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > BIOSPHERE > ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > CRYOSPHERE > FROZEN GROUND
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > HUMAN DIMENSIONS > ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > OCEANS > MARINE ENVIRONMENT MONITORING
Theme_Keyword: EARTH SCIENCE > SUN-EARTH INTERACTIONS > IONOSPHERE/MAGNETOSPHERE DYNAMICS
Theme_Keyword: Behaviour
Theme_Keyword: British Antarctic Survey
Theme_Keyword: Environmental Complexity
Theme_Keyword: Gsac
Theme_Keyword: Mathematical Modelling
Theme_Keyword: Natural Complexity
Theme_Keyword: BIOTA
Theme_Keyword: CLIMATOLOGY/METEOROLOGY/ATMOSPHERE
Theme_Keyword: ENVIRONMENT
Theme_Keyword: ENGLISH
Access_Constraints: This data is governed by the NERC Data Policy - http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/sites/data/policy.asp
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This data is governed by the NERC Data Policy - http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/sites/data/policy.asp
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Contact_Organization: UK/NERC/BAS/AEDC > Antarctic Environmental Data Centre, British Antarctic Survey, Natural Environment Research Council, United Kingdom
Contact_Person: HELEN CAMPBELL
Contact_Position: DATA CENTER CONTACT
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Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: Polar Data Centre
Address: British Antarctic Survey
Resource_Description: GB-NERC-BAS-PDC-00511 > NC-NCP: Natural Complexity Project
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http://www.antarctica.ac.uk/
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Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20130322
Metadata_Review_Date: 20130322
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Contact_Person: ANTARCTIC ENVIRONMENTAL DATA CENTRE BRITISH ANTARCTIC SURVEY
Contact_Position: DIF AUTHOR
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: Mailing and Physical Address
Address: British Antarctic Survey
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 44 (0) 1223 221312
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: aedc@bas.ac.uk
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Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata_Time_Convention: local time
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