Special Issue "Nonlinear Dynamics and Complexity in Solid Earth Geophysics"

A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Filippos Vallianatos
Guest Editor
Professor of Geophysics-Applied Geophysics, Department of Geophysics-Geothermics, Faculty of Geology and Geoenvironment, School of Sciences National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, Zografos, Athens 157 84, Greece
Interests: geophysics; earth physics; seismology; applied geophysics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As the lithosphere of the Earth is structured as a hierarchical system of volumes of different sizes, many phenomena in geology are complex and statistical in nature. The observed statistical distributions often are not Gaussian (normal) or lognormal; instead, they are power laws. A power-law distribution is a direct consequence of scale invariance, but it is now recognized to be associated with self-organized complexity. During the last decade, considerable progress has been made towards the understanding of Solid Earth crust using methods of nonlinear dynamics, physics of critical phenomena, probability theory, information theory, entropy, and statistical physics, along with methods of complex systems. The goal of this Special Issue will be to establish an understanding and interdisciplinary cooperation among geophysics, complexity, and nonlinear dynamics. The nonlinear revolution is only beginning to have an impact on the investigation of the Solid Earth. The problem of predictability in lithospheric nonlinear systems is one of the most important and difficult subjects in modem nonlinear science, while its application to geophysics and seismology presents both a profound intellectual problem and an issue with important societal implications. The dynamics of the strongly correlated Solid Earth systems are characterized by a large multiplicity of spatial and temporal scales, and earthquakes are no exception. Strong correlations lead directly to space time clustering of earthquakes, self-organization, and scaling. In addition, we have a critical need to understand how these physical processes that operate on the laboratory scales can be connected to the processes observed on the much larger geodynamic scale.

The scope of this Special Issue is to strengthen and present the most recent attempts in the application of nonlinear dynamics and complexity science combined with entropy or the information theory concept in Solid Earth and, therefore, the understanding of the hidden physics of the Earth’s lithosphere. The topics of the present Issue range from those dealing with experimental and observational treatments by modern nonlinear techniques to the theoretical and computational modeling of Solid Earth geophysical systems.

In this issue, articles that demonstrate the broad range of applicability of nonlinear dynamics and complexity science combined with entropy or information theory concept in Solid Earth, providing a powerful tool for the study of predictability in Solid Earth sciences, are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Filippos Vallianatos
Guest Editor

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  • Lithospheric physics–geophysics
  • Earthquakes and rupture–seismicity
  • Entropy and information theory
  • Statistical physics
  • Nonlinear dynamics
  • Complex Solid Earth systems
  • Time series analysis
  • Earthquake precursors

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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