Stretching, alignment, and shear in slowly varying velocity fields

G. Haller, R. Iacono

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We derive criteria that locate intense material stretching and shear in two-dimensional flows with slow time dependence. Our derivation makes use of the near integrability of the equation of variations along trajectories of the slowly varying flow. The criteria yield two diagnostic scalar fields for use in real-time Lagrangian predictions in geophysical flows. © 2003 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)-
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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