The Maximum Entropy Production Principle: Its Theoretical Foundations and Applications to the Earth System


Dyke, J. G. and Kleidon, A. (2010) The Maximum Entropy Production Principle: Its Theoretical Foundations and Applications to the Earth System. Entropy, 12, (3), 613-630.

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The Maximum Entropy Production (MEP) principle has been remarkably successful in producing accurate predictions for non-equilibrium states. We argue that this is because the MEP principle is an effective inference procedure that produces the best predictions from the available information. Since all Earth system processes are subject to the conservation of energy, mass and momentum, we argue that in practical terms the MEP principle should be applied to Earth system processes in terms of the already established framework of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, with the assumption of local thermodynamic equilibrium at the appropriate scales.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering > Electronics and Computer Science > Agents, Interactions & Complexity
ePrint ID: 272878
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2011 13:10
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 20:18
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ISI Citation Count:6
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/272878

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