Maria Josefina Olascoaga
Using dynamical systems theory, our lab is focused on investigating processes in the ocean and atmosphere that involve transport and mixing. Among the projects underway are investigations of:
- Oil Spills
- Volcanic ash clouds
- Gulf of Mexico Lagrangian transport
- Harmful Algal blooms
- Water quality
- Coherent eddies
Our approach is based on the concept of Lagrangian Coherent Structures, which form the hidden skeleton of observed tracer patterns.
The animation shows an application of the recently developed LCS-core analysis to predict sudden changes in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill (Olascoaga and Haller, 2012).