A Dynamical Systems approach to understanding transport and mixing in the Chesapeake Bay

Reza Malek-Madani
Department of Mathematics, U.S. Naval Academy

(June 26, 2009 2:30 PM - 3:30 AM)

A Dynamical Systems approach to understanding transport and mixing in the Chesapeake Bay

Abstract

In this talk I will describe a new mathematical approach for characterizing the behavior of the Bay based on observational and modeling data. Of particular interest to us is the development of predictive tools that help in assessing damage due to storm surges as well as determining the connection between hydrodynamics of the bay and its biological health. An overview of the mathematical challenges one faces in determining stable/coherent structures in a velocity field that is finite in time and discrete in space will be presented.