Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology
The Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology (EFMH) program focuses on understanding the physical processes controlling the movement of mass, energy, and momentum in the water environment and the atmosphere. The program also considers environmental and institutional issues involved in planning water resources development projects. Environmental fluid mechanics courses address: experimental methods; fluid transport and mixing processes; the fluid mechanics of stratified flows; natural flows in coastal waters, estuaries, lakes, and open channels; and turbulence and its modeling. Hydrology courses consider flow and transport in porous media, stochastic methods in both surface and subsurface hydrology, and watershed hydrology and modeling. Atmosphere courses deal with climate, weather, storms and air pollution and their modeling. Planning courses emphasize environmental policy implementation and sustainable water resources development. The research of this group is focused in the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, which includes the P. A. McCuen Environmental Computer Center.