About the NCEAS Logo and the
The NCEAS logo is derived from the Lorenz "butterfly", a beautiful strange attractor produced by the equations of MIT meteorologist Edward Lorenz. That this elegant representation of nature can arise from clever computation is a source of inspiration for NCEAS.
The butterfly itself is also an apt symbol for NCEAS, which is located along a stretch of the California coast that hosts the most renowned Monarch butterfly over-wintering site in the western United States. Fittingly, two NCEAS Informatics products have been named in honor of members of this remarkable insect order: Monarch, an early workflow prototyping experiment, and Morpho, a metadata and data management software product, named for a genus of neotropical butterflies.
Especially in this era of global climate change, the problems tackled by NCEAS researchers resonate as much as ever in the immortal words of Lorenz himself: "Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?"
The Lorenz attractor is an icon of chaos theory
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Monarch Butterfly (Danaus plexippus)