7. Environmental Statistical Physics

Workshop organized by: D. Hristopulos


Environmental Applications of Statistical Physics

This workshop will focus on applications of statistical physics in the modeling of environmental systems and the analysis of environmental data. Statistical physics has traditionally focused on the behavior of the microscopic systems. Environmental processes, on the other hand, typically involve macroscopic systems. In spite of the difference in physical scales, statistical physics and environmental modeling both investigate partially determined systems and require a stochastic approach, thus creating the potential for interdisciplinary transfer of knowledge. For example, statistical physics influenced subsurface hydrology which adapted and incorporated methods and ideas from statistical turbulence (structure functions, perturbation expansions, closure schemes), statistical field theory (Feynman diagrams, Renormalization Group theory, replica variational approach), and classical statistical mechanics (Liouville’s theorem, fractional Brownian motion). To date, statistical physics concepts are also used in statistical seismology and climate research. In addition, statistical and machine learning methods originating in statistical physics are used to analyze and process complex patterns in environmental data. This workshop aims to highlight such contributions and to present novel ideas and methods motivated by statistical physics that can lead to new environmental applications.

Contributions to this workshop should represent new theoretical, experimental, or computational approaches to environmental modeling inspired by statistical physics. Environmental modeling is widely construed to comprise mathematical and statistical models of physical, chemical and biological processes that affect the Earth’s environment and the global climate. A non-exclusive list of topics of interest includes novel computational and theoretical tools for the analysis of large spatiotemporal data sets, innovative approaches to complex environmental processes that combine nonlinear and stochastic components, methods that address the interaction of multiple scales, approaches for the reconstruction and simulation of non-Gaussian natural or artificial media, applications of stochastic differential equations to environmental processes, higher-order upscaling methods, applications of complex network theory, statistics and stochastic models of extreme events, and estimation of long-range correlations in environmental systems. Physical phenomena of interest include (but are not limited to) the flow and transport of pollutants in the atmosphere, the ocean and the subsurface, natural hazards (earthquakes, fires, avalanches, and landslides), precipitation, global circulation and the climate.




Prizes in SigmaPhi 2014

During the conference, three works selected out of all the oral and poster presentations by scientists under 40 years, have been awarded.The prizes have been respectively offered for...

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Accepted Abstracts

10 May 2014 The list of accepted abstracts submitted for presentation in the conference is available on the page "Abstracts Lists"

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1. Anomalous Diffusion

Workshop organized by: S. Abe and J.P. Boon

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2. Kappa Plasmas

Workshop organized by: M. Lazar and V. Pierrard

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3. Econophysics

Workshop organized by: L. Pietronero "Economic Complexity" and T. Aste "Finance, Risk"

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4. Sociophysics

Workshop organized by: B. Szymansk; I) G. Korniss, C. Lim "Human behavior, Social networks"; II) V. Constantoudis "Linguistics"

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5. Complex Networks

Workshop organized by: A. Scala "Interacting networks" and B. Kahng "Phase transitions in networks"

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6. Biophysics

Workshop organized by: P. Paradisi

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7. Environmental Statistical Physics

Workshop organized by: D. Hristopulos

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8. Quantum Computation and Quantum Information

Workshop organized by: D. Ellinas and J. Pachos

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Scientific Sponsors 2014


Politecnico di Torino




 Department of Applied

Science and Technology


Statistical and Nonlinear

Physics Division 



Roma, Italy


Technical University of

Crete Chania, Greece


Aristotele University of

Thessaloniki, Greece



N.C.S.R. Demokritos

Athens, Greece


University of Leuven






Chaos, Solitons

& Fractals

Modern Physics

Letters B

International Journal

of Modern Physics B