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New Collaborative Research Center for Prediction of Geological and Meteorological Phenomena

Scientists at Freie Universität Explore "Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems"

№ 428/2014 from Dec 12, 2014

A new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) was set up at Freie Universität Berlin to study so-called scaling cascades in complex systems. The project is being funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) project. Meteorologists, geologists, mathematicians, physicists, and biochemists will work together to develop modeling and simulation techniques for the prediction of geological and meteorological phenomena such as earthquakes or rainfall. In the "Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems" CRC, the participating scientists aim to explore the degrees of freedom and interactions of these phenomena, which represent a major challenge for scientists and mathematicians due to the many possibilities. The first funding phase is for three years and nine months.

Prof. Dr. Rupert Klein, a professor of mathematics at Freie Universität Berlin, heads the research group at Freie Universität. He is also the spokesperson for the collaborative project. The participating institutions are Technische Universität Berlin, the University of Potsdam, the Helmholtz-Zentrum Potsdam, the Zuse Institute Berlin, the Leibniz Institute in Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V., and the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam.

The scientists involved in the "Scaling Cascades in Complex Systems" CRC are aiming to develop multi-scale modeling and simulation techniques that enable efficient prediction and quantification of relevant outcomes. A relevant target size is, for example, the frequency of earthquakes, the diffusion of drugs across biological membranes, or the distribution of heavy precipitation events in Germany. Within the CRC there are researchers working in a total of 16 different projects.

Collaborative Research Centres are institutions established at universities with DFG funding. They enable researchers to pursue innovative, scientifically ambitious, complex, long-term research by concentrating and coordinating the resources available at a university. The CRC program aims to make an essential contribution to the profile of the participating universities. The promotion of young scientists and gender parity also play an important role.

Further Information

Prof. Dr. Rupert Klein, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838-75414, Email: