An example of the research I do is shown left, which is a snapshot from a simple computer simulation of mixing between a warm fluid (red, top) and a cold fluid (blue, bottom), driven by a Kelvin-Helmholtz instability. If this kind of thing seems interesting to you, then take a look at these opportunities for study and research in geophysical fluid dynamics at Leeds, which includes information for undergraduates and postgraduates, and those interested in PhD or postdoctoral research.
Also note that the Department of Applied Maths runs an M.Sc. in Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics, which is taught in association with the School of Earth and Environment.
Here are some potentially interesting web articles related to my research interests of applied mathematics, computing, fluid dynamics, the atmosphere and ocean, and geophysics:
- Maths teaching: more on the right curriculum for maths education (Aug 2016, Physics Today).
- Maths teaching: an interesting but misguided article by Simon Jenkins in The Guardian, and a response from Alan Champneys at The Conversation (Mar 2016).
Atmospheric fluid dynamics: a nice picture of Kelvin-Helmholtz billows in clouds in Utah (Dec 2015, Washington Post).
- Fluid dynamics: research into how owls could help make quieter turbines (Jul 2015, Cambridge University website).
- Atmospheric fluid dynamics: a nice (elementary!) article about the famous Madden-Julian Oscillation of the tropical atmosphere (Jun 2015, Physics Today).
- Maths and cosmology: an easily comprehensible article on the nature of infinity, both in abstract maths and physics (May 2015, Cambridge Alumni Magazine).
- Atmospheric fluid dynamics: an animation of six months of rainfall from NASA satellite data as part of the Global Precipitation Measurement project (Mar 2015, National Journal).
- Atmospheric fluid dynamics: animations of water in the Earth's atmosphere, clearing showing various dynamical features of the flow, such as mid-latitude cyclones (Dec 2014, University of Wisconsin).
- Atmospheric fluid dynamics: a nice time-lapse video of waves in the atmosphere, as visualised through low level clouds (YouTube).
- Fluid dynamics and mechanics: the difficulties of understanding sound generation and radiation by musical instruments (Apr 2014, Physics Today).
- Atmospheric fluid dynamics: a nice article on how Arctic warming is influencing the jet stream and winter storms (Dec 2013, Washington Post).
- Common sense: how misquoting (or misunderstanding) statistics has led to the Daily Mail being crowned the Climate Change Misinformer Of The Year (Dec 2013, mediamatters).
- Atmospheric fluid dynamics: a nice visualation of winds in the atmosphere. Note that one may recentre the position of the globe as desired (Dec 2013).
- Theoretical physics: the story of how the Higgs boson was discovered (Oct 2013, Physics Today).
- Applied maths/meteorology: the story of how MIT meteorologist Ed Lorenz discovered the importance of chaos (1st May 2013, Physics Today).
- Fluid dynamics: an extremely large vortex on Saturn (30th Apr 2013, BBC).
- Atmospheric fluid dynamics: a nice animation of Hurricane Sandy, best viewed at high resolution (28th Oct 2012, NASAEarthObservatory).
- Fluid dynamics: award-winners from the annual Gallery of Fluid Motion exhibit of the American Physical Society (26th Oct 2012, Physics of Fluids).
- Space science: a story of how mathematics helped NASA's Voyager spacecraft, which launched in 1977 and is still running today (23rd Oct 2012, BBC).
- Planet Earth: pictures from NASA's Suomi Satellite, including an aurora, a hurricane, and other weather systems (14th Oct 2012, Wired).
- Oceanography: a fresh water bulge growing in the Arctic ocean (23rd Jan 2012, BBC).
- Atmospheric fluid dynamics: a nice picture of Kelvin-Helmholtz billows (2nd Jan 2012).
- Geophysics: measuring the gravitational field of the Moon (1st Jan 2012, BBC).
- Computing: how a new stripped-down computer could help to address the lack of computer programming in schools (23rd Dec 2011, BBC).
- Atmospheric fluid dynamics: spectacular lenticular clouds photographed over West Yorkshire (22nd Dec 2011, BBC).
- Geophysics/oceanography: insights from the great 2011 Japan earthquake (20th Dec 2011, Physics Today).
- Atmospheric fluid dynamics: how the Moon's shadow makes waves in the Earth's atmosphere during an eclipse, linking to a study in Geophysical Research Letters (1st Dec 2011).
- Computing: taking advantage of graphics processor units to make parallel implementations in MATLAB on desktop machines (17th Oct 2011, Mathworks).
Stephen Griffiths, March 2015