Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Chair

Studying waves with mathematics is fun!

Trent Aegir tidal bore highest in July.

Science of Waves on show: public outreach presentation.

Roaring movies GFD: on hydraulic and granular bores.

Geophysical fluid dynamics (GFD) concerns the fluid motions of the atmosphere and ocean, and environmental dynamics such as river and coastal flows. This includes floods, beach erosion due to breaking waves, tides, and weather prediction.

My particular interest is in the applied mathematics of GFD: design and testing of laboratory configurations for validation of mathematical models, computational techniques for PDEs (DGFEM), Hamiltonian fluid dynamics, and hydraulic solutions of hyperbolic systems. I also investigate geological and industrial problems related to GFD. Examples are safety of underground storage sites due to break throughs (of volcanic magma) and granular flows in blast furnaces.

    Postdoc, PhD or related MSc projects are:
  • "Putting in 4 weirs to save Leeds from flooding"
    PhD project at NERC DTP Leeds, advertisement
    Please inquire when interested.
    The Boxing Day Flood of 2015 in Leeds had an estimated excess volume of at least a body of water of 1 mile by 1 mile in horizontal extent by 2 metres high (see [1] and [2]), to avoid levels going over 3.9m in Armley. The hypothesis to be investigated is whether multiple strategically placed and adjustable weirs, normally open but closing on average 1:50 to 1:100 years, could have prevented all or the worst flooding in the middle Aire catchment including Bradford and Leeds. The principle of natural-flood-management or nature-based solutions is applied because the weirs will be placed at naturally suitable locations, creating “space for water” of which some potential locations have already been identified in the Aire middle catchment between Gargrave and Leeds.

    [1] Bokhove, Zweers 2016: https://www.facebook.com/resurging.flows [2] Bokhove 2017: http://www.turing-gateway.cam.ac.uk/event/tgmw41/programme
  • EPSRC and general project (contact me directly) Real-time optimal urban & natural flood control for Wetropolis and Leeds’ Aire River
  • Now: PhD positions within the Leeds Doctoral Training Program Centre on Fluid Dynamics (starting 2017, 2018; 2 more years): please inquire & see University link.
  • PhD: Now: Dredging the depths of mathematics: dynamic beaches and sand bars (formal advertisement/application) (with data validation and applications in coastal hazard mitigation)

  • Numerical weather modelling of strongly rotating convection with phase changes 2015 (with Prof. Steve Tobias)
  • Geometric integrators and closure theory in GFD
  • Heterogenous scale modeling of granular flows
  • Hele-Shaw wavemaker design; refer to Bokhove et al. 2014, Thornton et al. 2014