Extraction and prediction of coherent patterns in incompressible flows through space–time Koopman analysis

Dimitrios Giannakis, Suddhasattwa Das

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We develop methods for detecting and predicting the evolution of coherent spatiotemporal patterns in incompressible, time-dependent fluid flows driven by ergodic dynamical systems. Our approach is based on representations of the generators of the Koopman and Perron–Frobenius groups of operators governing the evolution of observables and probability measures on Lagrangian tracers, respectively, in a smooth orthonormal basis learned from velocity field snapshots through the diffusion maps algorithm. These operators are defined on the product space between the state space of the fluid flow and the spatial domain in which the flow takes place, and as a result their eigenfunctions correspond to global space–time coherent patterns under a skew-product dynamical system. Moreover, using this data-driven representation of the generators in conjunction with Leja interpolation for matrix exponentiation, we construct model-free prediction schemes for the evolution of observables and probability densities defined on the tracers. We present applications to periodic Gaussian vortex flows and aperiodic flows generated by Lorenz 96 systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number132211
JournalPhysica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
StatePublished - Jan 15 2020


  • Diffusion maps
  • Kernel methods
  • Koopman operators
  • Lagrangian coherent structures
  • Nonparametric prediction
  • Perron–Frobenius operators

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics


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