Clues to the existence of deterministic chaos in river flow

Amilcare Porporato, Luca Ridolfi

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The present work investigates the existence of a component of deterministic chaos in the discharge time series of a river. The first part of the work is concerned with the reconstruction of the attractor and the calculation of the correlation integral; in the second part the analysis is conducted with the aid of nonlinear prediction. Some clues emerge as to the possible presence of chaos, probably immersed in a phenomenon altogether more extensive and manifold. If confirmed, this presence could provide interesting openings for a better comprehension of the formation mechanism of river flow, and a more precise forecasting of floods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1821-1862
Number of pages42
JournalInternational Journal of Modern Physics B
Issue number15
StatePublished - Jul 10 1996
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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