Self-Organized Criticality in Earth Systems

  • Stefan Hergarten

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  13. Back Matter
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About this book


Self-organized criticality (SOC) has become a magic word in various scientific disciplines, it provides a framework for understanding complexity and scale invariance in systems showing irregular fluctuations. In the first years since Per Bak and his co-workers presented their seminal idea, more than 2000 papers on this topic have been published. Seismology has been a rich field in earth sciences where the SOC concept has already deepened understanding, but there seem to be many more examples in earth sciences where applying the SOC concept may be fruitful. After introducing the reader to the basics of fractals, chaos and SOC the book presents established and new applications of SOC in the earth sciences: earthquakes, forest fires, landslides and drainage networks.


Chaos Fractals Fraktale Geophysik Geowisssenschaften Simulation calculus data analysis earth sciences geophysics geoscience model nichtlineare Dynamik nonlinear dynamics optimization

Authors and affiliations

  • Stefan Hergarten
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  1. 1.Institute of GeologyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-07790-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-04390-5
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