07.10.2013 - 09.10.2013
Michelson Building, Potsdam, Germany
Many countries, including Japan and Germany, face the problem that reducing greenhouse gas emissions while phasing out nuclear energy requires a transformation of the energy system that includes large amounts of renewable energy production, and the latter is highly influenced by extreme weather events which are likely to get more frequent and more severe due to climate change. Extreme events influence not only the availability of energy (much research has been done on this), but also and of more fundamental importance, the stability of the whole power grid, which is not yet understood sufficiently.
A thorough investigation of the interrelationship between extreme events, grid stability, and the economic consequences of power outages during extreme events under conditions of climate change and growing renewable energy production, and the question of how to cost-efficiently design a resilient grid may need the viewpoints of global systems science and interacting networks of networks, considering interactions and correlations in the network-like structure of the global power grid, the global climate/weather system, and socio-economic systems. At the same time, grid operation and control will profit from advanced methods from control theory of networks of coupled oscillators, and from advanced data analysis techniques such as recurrence plots and recurrence networks.
The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and FIRST, Aihara Innovative Mathematical Modelling Project, invite you to take part in this exciting and fully covered Japanese-European transdisciplinary workshop, taking place from noon of October 7 to early afternoon of October 9, 2013, in the exceptional and beautifully located Michelson Building known for the historical 1881 Michelson Experiment.
The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) draft work programme (as part of Horizon 2020) is now published and it contains the almost final version of the calls to be announced officially 2013-12-11. Global Systems Science is there under “FETPROACTIVE1? with a prel. budget of 10M EUR and an application deadline of 2014-04-01. Specific challenge The ambition is to improve the way scientific knowledge can help inform and evaluate policy and societal responses to global challenges like climate c
Collated and written by Steven Bishop, Peter Baudains, Jason Greenlaw, Giles Foden, Julian Hunt and Jeff Johnson Background Introduction This document explores ways in which a science of global systems can be used to inform and shape better policy making, and thus help to solve many of the complex and interrelated issues facing society and the world today. A series of workshops is outlined, in which the body of knowledge created by the scientific research com