Coherent Lagrangian swirls among submesoscale motions

F. J. Beron-Vera, A. Hadjighasem, Q. Xia, M. J. Olascoaga, G. Haller

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The emergence of coherent Lagrangian swirls (CLSs) among submesoscale motions in the ocean is illustrated. This is done by applying recent nonlinear dynamics tools for Lagrangian coherence detection on a surface flow realization produced by a data-assimilative submesoscale-permitting ocean general circulation model simulation of the Gulf of Mexico. Both mesoscale and submesoscale CLSs are extracted. These extractions prove the relevance of coherent Lagrangian eddies detected in satellite-altimetry–based geostrophic flow data for the arguably more realistic ageostrophic multiscale flow.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18251-18256
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number37
StatePublished - Sep 10 2019


  • High-resolution ocean models
  • Lagrangian coherence
  • Mesoscale eddies
  • Satellite altimetry
  • Submesoscale eddies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General


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