Flow Coherence: Distinguishing Cause from Effect

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DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-11487-3_4

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Beron Vera F.J. (2015) Flow Coherence: Distinguishing Cause from Effect. In: Klapp J., Ruíz Chavarría G., Medina Ovando A., López Villa A., Sigalotti L. (eds) Selected Topics of Computational and Experimental Fluid Mechanics. Environmental Science and Engineering. Springer, Cham


The geodesic transport theory unveils the especial fluid trajectory sets, referred to as Lagrangian Coherent Structures (LCS), that cause a flow to organize into ordered patterns. This is illustrated through the analysis of an oceanic flow dataset and contrasted with the tendency of a widely used flow diagnostic to carry coherence imprints as an effect of the influence of LCS on neighboring fluid trajectories.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Atmospheric Sciences, RSMASUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA

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