Görtler vortices on an oscillating cylinder. Canals and Pawlak, Physics of Fluids, Gallery of Fluid Motion 2008
Research at the MAE Environmental Fluid Dynamics Lab (EFD Lab) addresses engineering and oceanographic problems involving fluid flow over complex boundaries, focusing on the role of flow structure in turbulent mixing and mass transport in environmental flows and on development of effective parameterizations for turbulent transport. Much of our work focuses on coastal hydrodynamics examining ocean mixing processes at scales ranging from headlands and continental shelves (kilometers) to wave boundary layers (centimeters).
Research methods combine lab experiments and numerical modeling with field-based observations to address topics that span turbulent boundary layers, stratified flows, sediment/water-column exchange processes.
Research directions also extend to development of lab experimental methods and to ocean observing technologies including autonomous vehicle applications and cabled observatories.
Sunken Barrier, Palau
West Mahe, Seychelles
For more information contact:
pawlak AT ucsd DOT edu
University of California San Diego
La Jolla, California 92093-0411