Nonlinear dynamics in fluids

Fluid flows occur in a huge range of scales, from blood capillaries to atmospheric weather systems. The way in which substances are transported has large impacts, e.g., on how pollutants arrive to distant locations, plankton meets the nutrients, or into the whole heat balance involved in the Earth climate.

At IFISC we develop techniques useful to characterize transport in fluids, quantify stretching, mixing, and connectivity between parts of a fluid. We apply them to geophysical settings, mostly in the ocean. We develop tools to identify barriers to the transport of oxygen and nutrients, evaluate the ecological implications of larval transport, or track the origins of water vapor masses transported by atmospheric winds.


  • Emilio Hernández-García

    Emilio Hernández-García

  • Cristóbal López

    Cristóbal López

  • Tomàs Sintes

    Tomàs Sintes

Ongoing Research projects


Lagrangian studies of Oceanic Processes: connectivity patterns, barriers to transport and marine populations

P.I.: Cristóbal López
The general objective of this proposal is the study of Lagrangian transport in the oceans with tools borrowed from nonlinear physics, and their influence on marine ecosystems.

Recent Publications

Clustering coefficient and periodic orbits in flow networks

Rodriguez-Mendez, V.; Ser-Giacomi, E.; Hernandez-Garcia, E.
Chaos 27, 035803 (1-9) (2017)

Lagrangian Flow Network approach to an open flow model

Ser-Giacomi, E.; Rodriguez-Mendez, V.; Lopez, C.; Hernandez-Garcia, E.
Submitted (2017)

Nonlocal birth-death competitive dynamics with volume exclusion

Khalil, Nagi; López, Cristóbal; Hernández-García, Emilio
Submitted , (2017)

Scattering properties and internal structure of magnetic filament brushes

Pyanzina,Elena S.; Sánchez, Pedro A.; Cerdà, Joan J. ; Sintes, Tomas; Kantorovich, Sofia S.
Soft Matter (submitted) , (2017)

Three-dimensional characterisation of an upwelling coastal filament and its impact on cross-shore transport

Bettencourt, J.H.; Rossi, V.; Hernandez-Garcia, E.; Marta-Almeida, M.; Lopez, C.
Submitted (2017)

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