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.


Researchers

  • Emilio Hernández-García

    Emilio Hernández-García

  • Cristóbal López

    Cristóbal López

Recent and ongoing Research projects

CAFE

Climate Advanced Forecasting of sub-seasonal Extremes

P.I.: Emilio Hernández-García
CAFE is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, funded by theEuropean Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme Climate extremes such as heat waves or tropical storms have huge social and economic ...

LAMARCA

Lagrangian transport of marIne litter and microplastics in coastal waters: structures of transport and connectivity patterns

P.I.: Emilio Hernández-García, Cristóbal López
The aim of this project is to further understand the role of oceanic transport in marine litter (microplastics and meso/macrolitter) dispersion and accumulation areas in the sea surface, along the water column ...

Recent Publications

Wave Breaking Events and their link to Rossby Wave Packets and Atmospheric Blockings during Southern Hemisphere Summer

Pérez-Fernández, Iago; Barreiro, Marcelo; Ehstand, Noémie; Hernández-García, Emilio; López, Cristóbal
Submitted (2023)

A Lagrangian study of summer upwelling along the Uruguayan coast

de Mello, Camila; Barreiro, Marcelo; Hernandez-Garcia, Emilio; Trinchina, Romina; Manta, Gaston
Submitted (2023)

Network-based measure of the finite size Lyapunov exponent

Antich Navarro, Joan (supervisors Enrico Ser-Giacomi and Cristobal Lopez))
Master Thesis (2022)

Generating functional analysis of Lotka-Volterra equations with Hebbian couplings

Rozas, Enrique (director: Galla, Tobias)
Master Thesis (2022)

Precipitation sources and moisture transport in atmospheric rivers from a Lagrangian perspective

Crespo, Alfredo (Supervisors: Hernandez-Garcia, Emilio and Lopez, Cristobal)
Master Thesis (2022)

Related News

Measuring bottlenecks in the ocean

Sept. 1, 2021
The ocean provides a fluid environment with complex patterns of flow and dispersal for the organisms that live within it. How these flows transport organisms is relevant for biodiversity with potentially important implications for ecosystem health and climate. An international ...

A study analyses how microplastics sink in the Mediterranean Sea

March 10, 2021
A study, with participation of IFISC (UIB-CSIC) researchers, describes how microplastics sink in the Mediterranean Sea and analyses the consequences for their dispersion and distribution throughout the water column. The work, published in Ocean Science, proposes a model for the ...

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