NP Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences Division on Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences

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Division on Nonlinear Processes in Geosciences

President: Stéphane Vannitsem (np@egu.eu)
Deputy President: François Schmitt (francois.schmitt@log.cnrs.fr)

Although the geosciences are rife with nonlinearity, the NP division is focused on a series of nonlinear paradigms whose applications cut across the “geospheres”, disciplines.  Examples include deterministic chaos, tipping points, nonlinear waves, similarity across scales (scaling, scale invariance, fractals, multifractals), network theory, stochasticity, predictability and its limits, pattern formation, self-organized criticality, extreme events.  NP geoscience is highly multidisciplinary, it plays an important role in fundamental geoscience.  Applications of NP science include new methodologies, new modelling and new data analysis techniques.

News

NP division at the EGU General Assembly 2019

Dear Colleagues,

The NP division activities at the EGU 2019 were successful with about 380 abstracts, 2 short courses, one interdisciplinary-transdisciplinary session and a Townhall meeting. More than 30 sessions were also co-organized with other divisions (about 650 abstracts), together with several short courses. NP honours have been awarded to Shaun Lovejoy with the Lewis Fry Richardson Medal 2019, and to Maxim Khudyakov and Yan Li for their outstanding posters.

The preparation of the next assembly will start soon (and can be followed at http://www.egu2020.eu) and in this context I would like to remind you that proposals for the NP awards (Lewis Fry Richardson Medal and the Outstanding Young Scientist Awards) should be introduced before June 15, 2019. The link associated to these awards is https://www.egu.eu/awards-medals/.

Thank you for all your contributions!

Looking forward to seeing you all in Vienna in 2020!

Stéphane Vannitsem, NP division president

 

NP division at the EGU General Assembly 2018

Dear Colleagues,

The NP division activities at the EGU 2018 were a real success with more than 500 abstracts, 5 short courses, and two interdisciplinary-transdisciplinary session and a townhall. 10 sessions were also co-organized with other divisions (about 300 abstracts). I would like to thank all the conveners and participants for this success.
NP honours have been awarded to Tim Palmer with the Lewis Fry Richardson Medal 2018, and to Davide Faranda with the Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award 2018.

The preparation of the next assembly will start soon (and can be followed at http://www.egu2019.eu) and in this context I would like to remind you that proposals for the NP awards (Lewis Fry Richardson Medal and the Outstanding Young Scientist Awards) should be introduced before June 15, 2018. The link associated to these awards is https://www.egu.eu/awards-medals/.

Thank you for all your efforts!

Looking forward to seeing you all in Vienna in 2019!

Stéphane Vannitsem
NP division president

Recent awardees

Valerio Lucarini

Valerio Lucarini

  • 2020
  • Lewis Fry Richardson Medal

The 2020 Lewis Fry Richardson Medal is awarded to Valerio Lucarini for his outstanding contributions to the fields of extreme value theory and climate science in general, with particular applications to climate modelling and prediction.


Ekaterina Didenkulova

Ekaterina Didenkulova

  • 2020
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award

The 2020 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientist Award is awarded to Ekaterina Didenkulova for her exceptional contribution in developing the theory of nonlinear waves in geophysics, and in particular for the development of extreme waves, known as rogue waves.


Shaun Lovejoy

Shaun Lovejoy

  • 2019
  • Lewis Fry Richardson Medal

The 2019 Lewis Fry Richardson Medal is awarded to Shaun Lovejoy for pioneering and leading research on multifractal cascade dynamics in hydrology, climate and weather, leading to a new class of comprehensive stochastic, rather than deterministic, sub-grid models.


Elisa Ziegler

Elisa Ziegler

  • 2019
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2019 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Elisa Ziegler Transient simulation of climate variability during the Last Glacial Maximum and the Holocene with an energy balance climate model


Rem-Sophia Mouradi

Rem-Sophia Mouradi

  • 2019
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2019 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Rem-Sophia Mouradi A combined orthogonal decomposition and polynomial chaos methodology for data-based analysis and prediction of coastal dynamics

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

Thursday 30 July marks the centennial of the birth of Marie Tharp, a pioneering geologist and cartographer whose groundbreaking scientific contributions played a key role in the eventual acceptance of the theory of plate tectonics. Tharp is best known for her detailed seafloor maps that revealed a wealth of previously unknown features, including seamounts, trenches, transform faults, and most notably, the mid-ocean ridge system.

Tharp’s story is all the more compelling due to the adversity she overcame during her career—much of it related to her gender. Because Tharp didn’t always receive credit for her work, her contributions were initially overlooked. Fortunately, Hali Felt, the author of Tharp’s biography, and others have helped correct the record. “Marie wouldn’t have chosen to experience the gender discrimination that told her the humanities were a “better fit” and forced her to work in an office rather than the field,” says Felt in a recent EGU blog, “but the result was that she found her calling closer to home, and mapped 70 percent of the Earth’s surface in the process.”

This month, EGU is celebrating Tharp’s achievements, and those of all women geoscientists, through a series of posts, including one by the Tectonics and Structural Geology Division that revisits her legacy and its importance for laying the foundations of modern geology. EGU also spoke with six researchers working in the fields of ocean science, tectonics, and mapping to ask them what Marie Tharp’s work means to them personally, as well as to the future of ocean science and tectonic research. “Her life story is a burning, guiding light for me,” says marine geographer Dawn Wright.

We hope these articles will inspire all EGU members to help one another overcome whatever adversity we face. Tharp “succeeded in building a career that she loved, and was proud of,” says structural geologist Lucia Perez Diaz. “As a woman in science, I can’t imagine a better dream to work towards.”

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