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:
  • Postdoc: FastFEM: behavior of fast ships in breaking waves (formal advertisement/application)
    (funded int. British-Dutch STW-EPSRC project with Delft, Twente & maritime industry; ref: MAPMA0065)
  • PhD: Benchmark Modelling of Breaking 1D Waves and Dynamic Shingle Beaches
    with Prof. Jeff Peakall (see also)
  • ESR/PhD TBA: Variational water wave models and pyramidal freak waves
    with Dr. Tim Bunnik from MARIN (finalizing funding, EU Marie Curie, European Industry Doctorate)
  • ESR/PhD TBA: Wave slamming by breaking waves
    with Dr. Tim Bunnik from MARIN (finalizing funding, EU Marie Curie European Industry Doctorate)
  • Doctoral Training Centre in Fluid Dynamics: start Sept. 2014
    PhD project descriptions will follow; 4 years including one "MSc" year; five cohorts from 2014-2021
  • PhD: Dredging the depths of mathematics: dynamic beaches and sand bars (formal advertisement/application) (with data validation and applications in coastal hazard mitigation)

  • Predicting 3D wave attractors:
    FEM for incompressible surface, inertial & internal waves
    (with Prof. Maas from Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research)
  • Geometric integrators and closure theory in GFD
    (associated with the prize winning work of PhD Elena Gagagina & others)
  • Heterogenous scale modeling of granular flows
    (associated with research collaborations with Tata Steel)