Chaotic advection and fractality: Applications in oceanography

György Károlyi, Celso Grebogi

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Fluid motion, like in environmental flows, may generate chaotic advection: the particles transported by the flow typically exhibit chaotic dynamics. This manifests itself in that the particles trace out complicated geometrical objects, filamentary fractal structures. The appearance of these complex fractal structures plays an important role if the advected particles are chemically or biologically active. In fact, traditional chemical rate equations and population dynamical equations must be modified to incorporate this effect. For example, plankton population dynamics may be influenced by the emerging filamentary patterns. Other examples may include mixing and evaporation of oil spills, or melting of sea-ice.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOCEANS 2007 - Europe
Publication statusPublished - Nov 28 2007
EventOCEANS 2007 - Europe - Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Duration: Jun 18 2007Jun 21 2007

Publication series

NameOCEANS 2007 - Europe


OtherOCEANS 2007 - Europe
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityAberdeen, Scotland


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Oceanography
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation

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Károlyi, G., & Grebogi, C. (2007). Chaotic advection and fractality: Applications in oceanography. In OCEANS 2007 - Europe [4302401] (OCEANS 2007 - Europe).