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Volume 22, issue 6
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 22, 701–712, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-22-701-2015
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Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 22, 701–712, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-22-701-2015
© Author(s) 2015. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 25 Nov 2015

Research article | 25 Nov 2015

A dynamical systems approach to the surface search for debris associated with the disappearance of flight MH370

V. J. García-Garrido et al.

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The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 8 March 2014 is one of the great mysteries of our time. The most relevant aspect is that not a piece of debris was found during the intensive surface search carried out for roughly 2 months following the crash. By combining different ocean data with dynamical systems tools, we propose a revised search strategy by showing why debris could not have been expected in some targeted search areas and determining regions where debris could be.
The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on 8 March 2014 is one of the great...
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