The lectures will be delivered by recognized experts who have participated directly in the development and applications of these methods. The list of speakers is intentionally broad, ranging from mathematicians through engineers to physical oceanographers. The scope of the course is similarly broad, covering necessary fundamentals from dynamical systems, continuum mechanics, fluid mechanics, probability, operator theory, stability theory for the Navier-Stokes equations, as well as related computational algorithms. Of the specific coherence concepts, the lectures will cover Lagrangian and Eulerian coherent structures, coherent diffusion barriers, coherent sets and exact coherent states in turbulence.
This course is addressed to doctoral students, postdocs, and young scientists wishing to learn the basics of the field. Given the diversity in the expertise of the speakers and the broad range of the applications, the participants are expected to gain substantial insight into this exciting and quickly involving area of research. They will also have access to Matlab and high-performance Fortran codes implementing the main techniques. Finally, participants will have a chance to briefly introduce a poster summarizing their own related research.