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Görtler vortices on an oscillating cylinder. Canals and Pawlak, Physics of Fluids, Gallery of Fluid Motion 2008

Research in the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Lab (EFD Lab; PI: G. Pawlak Tejada) addresses engineering and oceanographic fluid flow problems, with a focus on coastal ocean and estuarine processes. Our work examines the role of flow structure in turbulent mixing and mass transport in environmental flows at scales ranging from islands, headlands and continental shelves (kilometers) to coral reefs and kelp forests (meters) to wave boundary layers (centimeters).

Research methods combine lab experiments and numerical modeling with field-based observations to address topics that span interaction of flow with biological systems, surface and internal waves, and air-sea and sediment/water-column exchange processes.

Research directions also extend to development of ocean instrumentation and autonomous vehicle technologies and applications and lab experimental methods.

Sunken Barrier, Palau

West Mahe, Seychelles

For more information contact:

pawlak AT ucsd DOT edu

Geno Pawlak

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Scripps Institution of Oceanography

University of California San Diego

La Jolla, California 92093-0411

Phone: 858-534-2343