Gualtiero Badin

Prof. Dr.,
Institute of Oceanography,
Center for Earth System Research and Sustainability (CEN),
University of Hamburg,
Bundesstrasse 53,
D-20146 Hamburg,

E-mail address: 
gualtiero.badin (at)

My Curriculum Vitae (PDF, click here)

Research interests:

My research focusses on the physics and applied mathematics of the climate system and on theoretical aspects of geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics, from the very large scales to the smaller scales, covering topics such as the study of dynamical instabilities in fluids; geostrophic turbulence; chaotic and turbulent transport; variational and Hamiltonian fluid dynamics; and the mathematical properties of climate, atmosphere and ocean dynamics. 

Most of my research aims thus to study the basics of our understandings, trying to develop and test the foundations of our theories. More applied parts of my research focus, for example, on frontal dynamics and its impact on chaotic advection, stirring and mixing; atmosphere-ocean-climate variability, including nonlinear and chaotic scalings; and water mass transformation theory.

I am member of the Mathematics and Climate Research Network (MCRN) and of CliMathNet.

Also, I am Principal Investigator for DFG1740 ("Role of submesoscale instabilities in the lateral transport and mixing"), TRR181 ("The interior energy pathway: internal wave emission by quasi-balanced flows")DFG BA5068/8-1 ("Sea Ice Dispersion using Lagrangian Dynamics: a dynamical systems study") and DFG BA5068/9-1 ("Surface semi-geostrophic dynamics: mixing from local to nonlocal dynamics"). For more information, see here.

Somewhere I should also mention that most of my work is influenced by, amongst others, F. Benedikt, H. Broch and E. and V. Canetti. These names will obviously change from time to time.

News (and some old news that I like to keep here):

  • My book, written with F. Crisciani, will be sold with a special 20% discount at the EGU meeting in Vienna, Austria. If you want to buy a copy of it, you can contact me for the discount code, valid until 11 March 2018, even without attending the meeting. 
  • Where to find me: On March 21, I will be at the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences and School for Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Department of Mathematics, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. On March 26-28, I will be hosted at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. After years of boycotting it (due to the discriminatory politics of the Austrian government toward asylum seekers and migrants), on April 9-13 I will be at the EGU in Vienna, Austria. On May 6, I will give a Mathematics Colloquium at the New York University Abu Dhabi Institute (UAE). On September 3-7, I will be at the Dynamics Days Europe 2018 at Loughborough University (UK).
  • My book, written with F. Crisciani, is out! You can order and/or download a copy at the Springer's book page here.
  • I am in the scientific committee of the 6th Bremen Winter School on Dynamical Systems that will be held on March 12-16, 2018 and that will be dedicated to "Dynamical Systems and Turbulence".
  • I am guest editor for the special issue "Mathematical Developments in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics: Structure, Vortices, and Waves" of Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics.
  • In June 2017 I have organized the Workshop on "Geometric Methods for GFD and Climate Modeling". More information and a group picture from the meeting can be found here.
  • I am guest editor for the special issue "LatMix: Studies of Submesoscale Stirring and Mixing" of the Journal of Physical Oceanography. You can find the special issue here.
  • In May 2014 I have organized the Workshop on Fundamentals of Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Dynamics (Hamburg, May 12-14, 2014). A group picture from the meeting can be found here.
  • In June 2013 I was invited as a speaker at the Thematic program on Mathematics Of the Ocean, Fields Intitute For Research in Mathematical Sciences, Toronto, Canada. You can watch my seminar here.
  • The photo exhibition "Symmetry and Patterns in Nature" is now in display in the ZMAW building, in the foyer in front of room 22/23. The exhibition is made of pictures taken by my students from the 2012-2013 course on "Nonlinear dynamical systems and chaos"

On a side note: I offer free tutorials, help with homeworks, etc, in English on Math and Physics for asylum seekers, refugees, migrants, homeless people, and other people that might be in need of a little help. Please, contact me for further information or to signal me people interested in this.

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