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Large deviation theory applied to climate physics, a new frontier of statistical physics and applied mathematics

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I will review some of the recent developments in the theoretical and mathematical aspects of the non-equilibrium statistical mechanics of climate dynamics. At the intersection between statistical mechanics, turbulence, and geophysical fluid dynamics, this field is a wonderful new playground for applied mathematics involving large deviation theory, stochastic partial differential equations, and diffusion Monte-Carlo algorithms. We will discuss two classes of applications. First extreme heat waves as an example of a rare events with a huge impacts. Second rare trajectories that suddenly drive the complex dynamical system from one attractor to a completely different one, related to abrupt climate changes.

This talk is part of the Fluid Mechanics (DAMTP) series.

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