Development of a unified framework of methods and approaches that may be applied across disciplines

Within WP2 we will address the key topics that underpin connectivity:

  1. scaling (ESR6);
  2. catastrophic/phase transitions or tipping points (ESR4);
  3. critical nodes (ESRs 1, 9 & 12);
  4. resilience (ESR13);
  5. inference of characteristic time-scales (ESR 5) and 6)  emergence and self-organization (ESRs 3 & 7).

For each topic existing methods will be examined, developed and tested using approaches from our diverse range of disciplines in order to establish a unified framework for methods across the range of disciplines involved in connectivity science.

WP2 will be achieved by fulfilling the following objectives:

For each topic existing methods will be examined, developed and tested using approaches from our diverse range of disciplines in order to establish a unified framework for methods across the range of disciplines involved in connectivity science.

Objective 2.1

Will provide an integrated view of the different methods employed across these topics and disciplines, highlighting commonalities in methods at the operational and theoretical level.

Objective 2.2

Will synthesize distinct methods that are similar in terms of the theoretical  basis  and  share  common  ways  of  quantitatively  describing  specific  aspects  of connectivity.

Objective 2.3

Will create a repository or ‘common toolbox’ of Connectivity Science methods.

Objective 2.4

Will provide a synthesis of the various approaches to connectivity from the theoretical perspective and also in terms of generalized algorithms that can be usefully applied across a range of applications.

 

Objectives 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4

will be jointly addressed by ESRs1, 3-7, 9, 10, 11, 15.

ESR Positions in this Work Package

ESR 1

Durham University (United Kingdom)

Spatial and temporal roles of critical nodes in ecogeomorphic systems

ESR 10

University of Vienna (Austria)

Hotspots and hot moments: the role of connectivity and resilience science for managing human-impacted catchment systems

ESR 11

AAISCS (Cyprus)

Connectivity within network processes and coupling with global flows

ESR 15

Durham University (United Kingdom)

Use connectivity science to determine the fate (source-pathway-interceptors) of specific diffuse chemicals and pathogens in the water supply chain

ESR 3

Jacobs University (Germany)

Self-organized collective patterns on graphs

ESR 4

Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

Catastrophic transitions: Regime shifts in network topology resulting in novel systems

ESR 5

Aix Marseille (France)

Analysis of multi-frequency dynamic coherence networks in large-scale electrophysiological recordings

ESR 6

Durham University (United Kingdom)

Scaling connectivity science in fluvial systems

ESR 7

European University Cyprus (Cyprus)

Structure in patterns in ordered datasets with applications in astrophysics, neuroscience and archaeology

ESR 9

Masaryk University (Czech Republic)

Critical nodes in economic connectivity: A multi-method application to facilitate structural transitions