Meteoceanics chair Prof. Dr. Rui Perdigão has launched an international program on the mathematical physics of complexity. The program entails the theoretical establishment of the fundamental principles and general governing laws for complex systems, including the far from equilibrium coevolutionary dynamics where the ergodic assumptions of classical dynamical system theories do not work. The theory provides fundamental physical understanding and dynamic predictability in non-standard systems where there are no established invariants of motion, no attractors, no definite phase space, and no scale separability (i.e. where the classical scale interaction paradigms are not possible, and the predictability of both deterministic and stochastic formulations collapse).

A series of projects are set within this program, from fundamental mathematical physics to applications including complex system modelling, big data analytics, robust assessment of environmental conditions in fast-changing theatres of operation, dynamic risk assessment and decision support under trans-critical climate change.