in memory of Volfango Rupolo

The Lagrangian Analysis and Prediction of Coastal and Ocean Dynamics (LAPCOD) group is an active group of researchers on Virginia Key with many collaborators here and abroad that use the Lagrangian viewpoint for observing, studying, modeling, and predicting nature. Our primary research includes analyzing, modeling, assimilating, understanding, and predicting ocean and coastal currents from (quasi-)Lagrangian measurements such as free drifting surface buoys, subsurface floats, and marked/dyed water parcels in order to better understand transport and dispersion in fluids. Our present research is focused on modeling the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico via the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE) (


Ocean Sciences Meeting 2016
February 21 - 26, 2016
PO014: Lagrangian Perspectives on Ocean Circulation and Mixing
Session ID#: 8440
Session Description:
Advances in Lagrangian and semi-Lagrangian instrumentation have made it easier to sample the ocean in two and three dimensions, and at scales down to a meter or less. Analyses of the trajectories obtained from these instruments is leading to a deeper understanding of dispersion, turbulent and chaotic mixing, and coherent features. At the same time, advances in dynamical systems theory have made it possible to map out coherent Lagrangian structures, such as material boundaries of eddies, in ocean models, and to perform direct assimilation of Lagrangian trajectories into models, all in the presence of complex time dependence. This session will bring together, and stimulate a lively discussion among, investigators from the various communities (instrument design, field programs, applied mathematics, and data assimilation) that have supported progress in these areas.
Primary Chair: Lawrence J Pratt, WHOI, Woods Hole, MA, United States
Chairs: Joseph H Lacasce, University of Oslo, Meteorology and Oceanography, Blindern, Norway and
Laura Slivinski, WHOI, Woods Hole, MA, United States

Our last meeting was during the last week of July 2015 in Winter Harbor, Maine.

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