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) (


We would like to invite you to participate and contribute in the session IE3.7/OS1.23 of the the General assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) to be held in Vienna, Austria, 23-28 April 2017,

European Geosciences Union 2017
23-28 April 2017 - Vienna, Austria
Session Interdisciplinary Events/Big Data in the Geosciences
IE3.7/OS1.23: Surface Drifters for Addressing Big Questions and Applications in Interdisciplinary Ocean Science
Session Description:
The session targets a wide community using surface drifter observations and Lagrangian models on a range of applications, including but not limited to: oceanic variability, dispersion, marine ecosystems, weather forecast services and reanalyses, ocean model evaluation and marine pollution. It aims at an exchange between the different disciplines regarding community needs for drifter array design (e.g., for specific temporal or regional current variability) and for the development of drifter platforms and sensors (biogeochemical and turbulence sensors). Other topics of interest include the application of drifter-derived diffusivities to ocean models and to biological and pollutant dispersion, the use of drifter assimilation in reanalysis products and models, and the comparison of drifter-borne SST and SSS measurements to those from other platforms.

The session is an opportunity to gather the community and to foster productive exchanges, initiating and solidifying collaborations, seeding new ideas and to emphasize usage of drifters across ocean sciences.

Detailed information on how to submit an abstract can be found at

DEADLINE for the receipt of abstracts: 11 January 2017

The conveners,
Inga Koszalka, Joe Lacasce, Annalisa Griffa

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

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