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Surfing on turbulence

  title={Surfing on turbulence},
  author={R'emi Monthiller and Aurore Loisy and Mimi A R Koehl and Benjamin Favier and Christophe Eloy},
Many planktonic organisms are motile and perceive their environment with flow sensors. Can they use flow sensing to travel faster in turbulence? To address this question, we consider plankters swimming at constant speed, whose goal is to move upwards. We propose an analytical behavior that allows plankters to choose a swimming direction according to the local flow gradients. We show numerically that such plankters can “surf” on turbulence and reach net vertical speeds up to twice their swimming… 

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