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

  • Gabor Drotos

    Gabor Drotos

Recent and ongoing Research projects


Climate Advanced Forecasting of sub-seasonal Extremes

P.I.: Emilio Hernández-García
Climate extremes such as heat waves or tropical storms have huge social and economic impact. The forecasting of such extreme events at the sub-seasonal time scale (from 10 days to 3 months) ...

Recent Publications

From network theory to dynamical systems and back: Lagrangian Betweenness reveals bottlenecks in geophysical flows

Ser-Giacomi, E.; Baudena, A.; Rossi, V., Vasile, R.; Lopez, C.; Hernandez-Garcia, E.
Submitted (2020)

The Theory of Parallel Climate Realizations

Journal of Statistical Physics in press, (2020)

The application of Machine Learning Techniques to improve El Niño prediction skill

Dijkstra, Henk A.; Petersik, Paul; Hernandez-Garcia, Emilio; Lopez, Cristobal
Frontiers in Physics 7, 153 (1-13) (2019)

Lagrangian studies of sedimentation and transport. Impact on marine ecosystems

Pedro Monroy (Supervisors: Cristobal Lopez and Emilio Hernandez-Garcia)
PhD Thesis (2019)

Spatial inhomogeneities in the sedimentation of biogenic particles in ocean flows: analysis in the Benguela region

Monroy, Pedro; Drotos, Gabor; Hernandez-Garcia, Emilio; Lopez, Cristobal
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans 124, 4744--4762 (2019)

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