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

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

Lagrangian transport of sinking particles. From theoretical characterization to oceanic applications

de la Fuente, Rebeca (Supervisors: Cristobal Lopez and Emilio Hernandez-Garcia)
PhD Thesis (2022)

Network and geometric characterization of three-dimensional fluid transport between two layers

de la Fuente, Rebeca; Drotos, Gabor; Hernández-García, Emilio; López, Cristóbal
Physical Review E 104, 065111 (1-12) (2021)

Characteristic signatures of Northern Hemisphere blocking events in a Lagrangian flow network representation of the atmospheric circulation

Ehstand, Noémie; Donner, Reik; López, Cristóbal; Hernández-García, Emilio
Chaos 31, 093128 (1-10) (2021)

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

Ser-Giacomi, E.; Baudena, A.; Rossi, V.; Follows, M.; Clayton, S.; Vasile, R.; Lopez, C.; Hernandez-Garcia, E.
Nature Communications 12, 4935 (1-14) (2021)

Local characterization of transient chaos on finite times in open systems

Drotos, Gabor; Hernandez-Garcia, Emilio; Lopez, Cristobal
Journal of Physics: Complexity 2, 025014 (1-15) (2021)

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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