Atmosphere Ocean Science Colloquium

Extreme events, tail statistics, and large deviation theory in geophysical flows

Speaker: Eric Vanden-Eijnden, CIMS

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 1302

Date: Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 3:30 p.m.


In recent years several analytical and numerical methods have been introduced to characterize the pathway, rate, and likelihood of rare but important events.  These methods build on large deviation theory, which indicates that the way such events occur is often predictable and offers way to compute them via solution of an optimization problem for their most likely path. In this talk, I will discuss the applicability of these techniques to geophysical flows, for example in the context of transitions between metastable patterns in atmospheric flows or rogue waves