Paper Published: Causal networks for climate model evaluation and constrained projections


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Nature Communications 11, Article number: 1415 (2020) Peer Nowack, Jakob Runge, Veronika Eyring & Joanna D. Haigh  Article LINK Abstract Global climate models are central tools for understanding past and future climate change. The assessment of model skill, in turn, can benefit from modern data science approaches. Here we apply causal discovery algorithms to sea level pressure data from a large set of […]

March 27, 2020

Paper Published: Bundled Causal History Interaction


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Entropy 2020, 22(3), 360; https://doi.org/10.3390/e22030360 by Peishi Jiang and Praveen Kumar Abstract Complex systems arise as a result of the nonlinear interactions between components. In particular, the evolutionary dynamics of a multivariate system encodes the ways in which different variables interact with each other individually or in groups. One fundamental question that remains unanswered is: How do two non-overlapping […]

March 24, 2020

Paper Published: Does Information Theory Provide a New Paradigm for Earth Science?


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Kumar, P., & Gupta, H. V. (2020). Debates—Does Information Theory provide a new paradigm for Earth Science?. Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR026398. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR026398 Abstract The basis for all knowledge is “information” that we compile about the world, expressed through models that support understanding, prediction, and decision making. This overview paper provides a contextual basis for the four papers that make up […]

March 6, 2020

Paper Published: Does Information Theory Provide a New Paradigm for Earth Science? Hypothesis Testing


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Nearing, G. S., Ruddell, B. L., Bennett, A. R., Prieto, C., & Gupta, H. V. (2020). Does information theory provide a new paradigm for earth science? Hypothesis testing. Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR024918. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR024918 Abstract Model evaluation and hypothesis testing are fundamental to any field of science. We propose here that by changing slightly the way we […]

March 6, 2020

Paper Published: Does Information Theory Provide a New Paradigm for Earth Science? Causality, Interaction, and Feedback


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Goodwell, A. E., Jiang, P., Ruddell, B. L., & Kumar, P. (2020). Debates—Does information theory provide a new paradigm for Earth science? Causality, interaction, and feedback. Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR024940. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR024940 Abstract The concept of causal interactions between components is an integral part of hydrology and Earth system sciences. Modelers, decision makers, scientists, and other water […]

March 6, 2020

Paper Published: Does Information Theory Provide a New Paradigm for Earth Science? Emerging Concepts and Pathways of Information Physics


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Perdigão, R. A. P., Ehret, U., Knuth, K. H., & Wang, J. ( 2020). Debates: Does information theory provide a new paradigm for Earth science? Emerging concepts and pathways of information physics. Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR025270. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR025270 Abstract Entropy and Information are key concepts not only in Information Theory but also in Physics: historically in the fields of Thermodynamics, Statistical and Analytical Mechanics, […]

March 6, 2020

Paper Published: Does Information Theory Provide a New Paradigm for Earth Science? Sharper Predictions Using Occam’s Digital Razor


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Weijs, S. V., & Ruddell, B. L. (2020). Debates: Does information theory provide a new paradigm for earth science? Sharper predictions using Occam’s digital razor. Water Resources Research, 56, e2019WR026471. https://doi.org/10.1029/2019WR026471 Abstract Occam’s Razor is a bedrock principle of science philosophy, stating that the simplest hypothesis (or model) is preferred, at any given level of model […]

March 6, 2020

EGU 2020 Session Announced


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Session HS3.5, “Information Theory in the Geosciences”, will be held at the European Geophysical Union spring 2020 meeting. Submissions are welcomed! Conveners: Cristina Prieto, with Grey Nearing, Rui A. P. Perdigão, Benjamin Ruddell, and Steven Weijs.

October 16, 2019

SITES 2019 Online Course Content Link Now Available


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The SITES 2019 course will use a Google Drive link. Instructors should use a google account email address to join the Google Group “SITES_2019_Instructors@googlegroups.com” for edit access. Students should use a google account email address to join the Google Group “SITES_2019_Students@googlegroups.com” for read-only access. This link should take you directly to the 2019 Course Content […]

May 27, 2019

Paper Published: Anticipating global terrestrial ecosystem state change using FLUXNET


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Yu, R., Ruddell, B. L., Kang, M., Kim, J., & Childers, D. (2019). Anticipating global terrestrial ecosystem state change using FLUXNET. Global change biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.14602 Ecosystems can be characterized as complex systems that traverse a variety of functional and structural states in response to changing bioclimatic forcings. A central challenge of global change biology is the […]

March 18, 2019

Summer School on Information Theory in the Earth Sciences (3rd-8th June 2019)


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Summer School on Information Theory in the Earth Sciences (3rd-8th June 2019) For more information and to register Information theory provides a powerful conceptual framework for learning, model building, and prediction in the Earth sciences. It extends probability theory in certain important ways that make it particularly applicable to questions related to value and uncertainty […]

December 13, 2018

Postdoctoral Scholar in Watershed Hydrology/Hydroinformatics


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Postdoctoral Scholar in Watershed Hydrology/Hydroinformatics The Environmental Systems Dynamics Laboratory (http://esdlberkeley.com) at UC Berkeley seeks a postdoctoral scholar with expertise in data science and hydrology. The position is funded jointly through the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Data-Driven Discovery Program and a U.S. Geological Survey Powell Center for Synthesis grant. The position will be focused […]

August 29, 2018

Organizers and Attendees of the 2018 Santander Workshop: “Second Workshop on Information Theory and the Earth Sciences”


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Alexia María, IHCantabria Allison Goodwell, University of Colorado at Denver Anneli Guthke, University of Stuttgart Ben Ruddell, Northern Arizona University Benedikt, ETH Zurich Cristina Prieto, IHCantabria Dino Bellugi, University of California at Berkeley Grey Nearing, University of Alabama Hoshin Gupta, University of Arizona Ilias Pechlivanidis, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute Inmaculada Pulido, Huelva University Jara […]

July 4, 2018

Invitation to submit an abstract to the AGU Fall Meeting session H053 on Information Theory in the Geosciences


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AGU Session Title: H053. Better Informed than Uncertain: Applications of Information Theory in the Earth Sciences Information Theory (IT) quantifies the information content, or uncertainty and changes in uncertainty, within any form of structured content, including data relevant to earth systems. IT has a broad and growing applicability within the geosciences in the contexts of […]

July 3, 2018