New formulas for exploring the age structure of non-linear dynamical systems

Mathematical models about how mass moves in natural systems are used in various scientific fields such as to understand the global carbon and water cycles, or predicting the spread of contaminants or tracers in water bodies, soils, or organisms. These models, technically known as compartmental systems, are common in medical sciences, biology, and geosciences. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena made a big step forward in this field by developing formulas and algorithms that help to describe the evolution of the age of particles in such systems when these are out of equilibrium. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)