The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 223, Issue 11, pp 2107–2118 | Cite as

From human mobility to renewable energies

Big data analysis to approach worldwide multiscale phenomena
  • F. Raischel
  • A. Moreira
  • P.G. Lind
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Dynamic Systems: From Statistical Mechanics to Engineering Applications


We address and discuss recent trends in the analysis of big data sets, with the emphasis on studying multiscale phenomena. Applications of big data analysis in different scientific fields are described and two particular examples of multiscale phenomena are explored in more detail. The first one deals with wind power production at the scale of single wind turbines, the scale of entire wind farms and also at the scale of a whole country. Using open source data we show that the wind power production has an intermittent character at all those three scales, with implications for defining adequate strategies for stable energy production. The second example concerns the dynamics underlying human mobility, which presents different features at different scales. For that end, we analyze 12-month data of the Eduroam database within Portuguese universities, and find that, at the smallest scales, typically within a set of a few adjacent buildings, the characteristic exponents of average displacements are different from the ones found at the scale of one country or one continent.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Raischel
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Moreira
    • 3
  • P.G. Lind
    • 4
  1. 1.Instituto Dom Luiz, CGUL, University of LisbonLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Department of Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of DebrecenDebrecenHungary
  3. 3.Algoritmi Research Centre, Universidade do MinhoGuimarãesPortugal
  4. 4.ForWind and TWiSt, Institute of Physics, University of OldenburgOldenburgGermany

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