Attraction of the leading scientists to Russian institutions of higher learning, research organizations of the governmental academies of sciences, and governmental research centers of the Russian Federation

Laboratory for plasma-surface interaction and Plasma Technology

About the Laboratory

This laboratory was established as part of a scientific research project supported with a monetary grant awarded by the Government of the Russian Federation under a grant competition designed to provide governmental support to scientific research projects implemented under the supervision of the world's leading scientists at Russian institutions of higher learning (Resolution of the RF Government No.220 of April 9, 2010).

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Grant Agreement No.:

Name of the institution of higher learning:
Institute of Applied Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IAP RAS)

Области научных исследований:
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences

Project goal:

The Laboratory for Climatic Systems Modeling (a.k.a. "POSTERIOR Lab") was established as a Russian national research center for the development and application of new approaches to modeling and forecasting climatic processes.

Project objectives:

To prognosticate climatic processes at the scale of specific regions, as well as at the scale of the entire planet, for both short- and long-term.

Project progress to date: 

The project entails developing a number of new methods and algorithms that could be used to model and forecast climate. They are of fundamental importance for applied mathematics (processing, modeling, and forecasting of high-dimensional temporal series) and practical use for prognostication of the dynamics of various climatic phenomena, including prognostication of extreme events, such as droughts, floods, storms, etc.
The current approach to the modeling of climatic systems entails numeric analysis of complex equation systems, such as the general ocean-atmosphere circulation model. This approach does not allow taking into account all the relevant factors, and work results heavily depend on initial and boundary conditions.

The Climatic Systems Modeling Laboratory (POSTERIOR Lab) intends to develop and apply a fundamentally new approach. The laboratory will make its prognoses based on empirical models derived from direct analysis of space-time dependencies of certain climate system parameters.

Leading scientist


Full Name: Kurths Juergen Herbert Gustav

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Academic degree and title:
PhD in Theoretical Physics, Professor

Job Title:

Head of Interdisciplinary Research at the Potsdam Institute for Research of Climate Changes and Their Consequences.

Head of the Department of nonlinear dynamics at the Humboldt University Physics Institute in Berlin.

Honorary professor at the Department of complex biological systems of the Institute of Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology of the Aberdeen University Royal College in Great Britain.

Fields of scientific interests:

Professor Kurz focuses his research on applying nonlinear analysis methods to model climatic processes – one of the relevant problems in Earth Sciences.

Scientific Recognition:

The President of the European Geophysical Union in the field of nonlinear processes in geophysics (2000—2005).
The spokesman of the international program of training of young scientists in the theory of complex networks – collaborative German – Brazilian project (2011).

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