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
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 ...

Recent Publications

Local characterization of transient chaos on finite times in open systems

Drotos, Gabor; Hernandez-Garcia, Emilio; Lopez, Cristobal
Journal of Physics: Complexity, to appear , (2021)

Lagrangian betweenness: a measure of bottlenecks in dynamical systems with oceanographic examples

Ser-Giacomi, E.; Baudena, A.; Rossi, M. Follows, V., Vasile, R.; Lopez, C.; Hernandez-Garcia, E.
Submitted (2021)

Sinking microplastics in the water column: simulations in the Mediterranean Sea

de la Fuente, Rebeca; Drotos, Gabor; Hernandez-Garcia, Emilio; Lopez, Cristobal; van Sebille, Erik
Ocean Science, to appear , (2021)

Classical analogies for the force acting on an impurity in a Bose-Einstein condensate

Rønning, Jonas; Skaugen, Audun; Hernández-García, Emilio; López, Cristóbal; Angheluta, Luiza
New Journal of Physics 22, 073018 (1-14) (2020)

Accumulated densities of sedimenting particles in turbulent flows

Sozza, Alessandro; Drotos, Gabor; Hernandez-Garcia, Emilio; Lopez, Cristobal
Physics of Fluids 32, 075104 (1-11) (2020)

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