Chaos in daisyworld

X. Zeng, R. A. Pielke, R. Eykholt

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A simple model, referred to as daisyworld, was later developed to illustrate the Gaia concept. In the current paper, this daisyworld model is used to study the interaction between biota and their environment in more detail. It is found that periodic, and even chaotic, states can exist when the parameter controlling the feedback between biota and environmental temperature is changed. The existence of periodic and chaotic solutions is verified by their power spectra, fractal dimensions, and Lyapunov exponents. These results show that stable climatic conditions are not always maintained in daisyworld, despite the presence of daisies which supply the required feedback. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-318
Number of pages10
JournalTellus, Series B
Volume42 B
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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