About CoSMo

The study of complex systems regards collective, or system-wide, behaviors as the fundamental object of study; and for this reason, complex systems can be understood as an alternative paradigm to reductionism. It has led to development of a range of new methodologies for analysis, modelling, and computation, that are essential in the fields such as systems biology, ecology, computational and statistical epidemiology, brain dynamics, fluid dynamics and plasma physics, nanoscience, climate and geoscience, social systems, and economic dynamics. This methodology includes conceptual mathematical and statistical models, multi-scale methods, as well as general mathematical concepts such as symmetry, invariance, and stability. Theories of chaos, turbulence, intermittency, fractal geometry, multifractal measures, and self-organized criticality, are all developed as tools to describe emergent phenomena.

The CoSMo research group aims to carry out world-leading research in complex systems modelling, as well as supporting other excellent UiT groups within the fields of physics, geoscience, ecology, biology, economics, social science, and medicine.

News from the group

Tuomas IIkka Henrikki Heiskanen wins prize. His master thesis on «On Atmospheric Energy Transport by Waves» was considered to be the best master thesis at the Faculty of Science and Technology in 2019. Tuomas will continue as a PhD student in our group. Read more here (in Norwegian) Congratulations!

Breakthrough in Predicting Dengue Fever Outbreaks. Researchers in the Complex Systems Modelling group at UiT and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego have made a breakthrough in predicting outbreaks of viral infections such as dengue and influenza. Read more about the work here. (And in Norwegian here and here)

Scientists Announce TiPES Project. UiT, through the Complex Systems Modelling group, is a node in the new European project Tipping Points in the Earth System (TiPES). The project is coordinated by Niklas Boers and Peter Ditlevsen. Read more about the project here.

Norwegian scientists reject conclusions of British study on climate sensitivity. Work in the Complex Systems Modelling group challenges the conclusions of a recent highly-profiled study. Read more here (in Norwegian).

Tine Nilsen receives prestigious RCN grant. The project «Bridging the gap between the terrestrial and marine paleoclimate reconstructions» has earned her a postdoc grant with a two-year stay in Germany, before completing the third year in Tromsø. Congratulations!

CoSMo group contributes to new understanding of Kawasaki’s disease. Researchers from UiT have collaborated with the a group at University of California San Diego to uncover a link between atmospheric conditions and high-incidence clusters of Kawasaki’s disease. Read more here.

Rune Graversen leads new project. The project entitled «The role of the atmospheric energy transport in recent Arctic climate change» was one of the 5 out of 89 successful proposals in the highly competitive KLIMAFORK program of the RCN. Congratulations!

Audun Theodorsen wins prize. His work on stochastic modelling of fluctuations in the Tokamak a Configuration Variable experiment earned him the Martin Landrø’s prize for excellent master thesis in physics. Read more here (in Norwegian) Congratulations!

Odd Erik Garcia receives prestigious RCN grant. This year, the project «Turbulence and transport at the boundary of fusion plasmas» was the Faculty’s only successful proposal to RCN’s FRINATEK or FRIMEDBIO. Congratulations!

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