[Stoch] Focus on Stochastic Flows and Climate Statistics

Paul Williams p.d.williams at reading.ac.uk
Tue Oct 4 08:29:15 MDT 2016

Focus on Stochastic Flows and Climate Statistics

New Journal of Physics

Special Issue edited by Marston & Williams



Abstract:  The atmosphere and ocean are examples of dynamical systems that evolve in accordance with the laws of 
physics. Therefore, climate science is a branch of physics that is just as valid and important as the more traditional 
branches, which include particle physics, condensed-matter physics, and statistical mechanics. This 'focus on' 
collection of New Journal of Physics brings together original research articles from leading groups that advance our 
understanding of the physics of climate. Areas of climate science that can particularly benefit from input by physicists 
are emphasised. The collection brings together articles on stochastic models, turbulence, quasi-linear approximations, 
climate statistics, statistical mechanics of atmospheres and oceans, jet formation, and reduced-form climate models. The 
hope is that the issue will encourage more physicists to think about the climate problem.

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