Event Type:

Probability Seminar

Date/Time:

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 16:00 to 17:00

Location:

STAG 112

Guest Speaker:

Victor PeĆ±aranda

Institution:

Visiting International Scholar, Oregon State University

Abstract:

Understanding rainfall patterns is and will be a challenge for those working in hydrological sciences. The complexity of rainfall resembles turbulence (not phenomenologically), and some models for describing rainfall have been inspired by turbulence. In this lecture, some ideas about the statistical description of rainfall will be presented, and how some of its geometrical features obtained from the fractal geometry can help us to identify symmetries in the physical process of rainfall. These symmetries are indexed by time and if one identifies the breaking of these symmetries, the space-time dynamics of rainfall could be explained. Some approaches related to the latter statement will also be discussed.