Navigating turbulent environments

Massimo Vergassola
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Thermal soaring by birds, and olfactory searches by insects are biological examples of navigation in the presence of orientation cues that are complex because of fluid dynamical effects. I shall first review the corresponding natural phenomena, then discuss the physics that controls the orientation cues and the nature of their complexity, and finally conclude by the relevant navigation strategies.

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