Complexity and Extreme Events: Interdisciplinary Science of Natural Hazards: Chapman Conference on Complexity and Extreme Events in Geosciences; Hyderabad, India, 15–19 February 2010



Extreme events are key themes in geosciences research because of their devastating effects on society and their scientific complexities. The ever increasing economic and human losses from natural hazards underscore the urgency for improving understanding of extreme events to develop effective strategies to reduce their impact. Recent advances in nonlinear geophysics such as the role of long-term correlations and clustering, predictability of complex dynamical systems, and new approaches to nonequilibium phenomena have led to a new framework for understanding extreme events. The Chapman Conference on Complexity and Extreme Events in Geosciences was held to explore this emerging interdisciplinary science, consolidate the recent understanding, and define new research directions.