Chaotic advection and fractality: applications in oceanography

Gyoergy Karolyi, 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, Vols 1-3
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherIEEE Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4244-0635-7
ISBN (Print)978-1424406340
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventOCEANS 2007: Europe - Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Duration: 18 Jun 200721 Jun 2007 (Link to Conference proceedings from TIB)


ConferenceOCEANS 2007: Europe
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • open flows
  • biological-activity
  • coexistence
  • turbulence
  • particles
  • system
  • fields


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