Nelson Fernández: Exploring Complexity in Aquatic Ecosystems

Exploring Complexity in Aquatic Ecosystems
Nelson Fernández.  Hydroinformatics Research Laboratory, Pamplona Unversity (Colombia)
In this seminar we will present how formal measures of emergence, self-organization, complexity, homeostasis, and autopoiesis based on information theory can be applied to the study of aquatic ecoystems.  We define emergence as the information produced by a system. Self-organization is defined as the opposite of emergence, while complexity is defined as the balance between emergence and self-organization. Homeostasis reflects the stability of system coinciding with the variation of seasonal periods. Autopoiesis is defined as the ratio between the complexity of a system and the complexity of its environment, reflecting a higher degree of autonomy of some components (physiochemical and biological) over others. This approach illustrates how ecological dynamics can be described in terms of information.

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 12:00 to 13:30