Environmental Fluid Mechanics

SAFL researchers take an interdisciplinary approach to environmental problems, focusing on how the fluid and sediment dynamics of surface processes interact with biological and chemical processes.  We conduct laboratory- and field-scale studies of these processes in order to develop quantitative, predictive computational models that support sustainable landscape management. By employing statistical modeling methodologies, we can integrate nonlinear and non-equilibrium functional dependencies of controlling physical, biological, and chemical processes across the range of scales. This enables a mechanistic foundation for formulating process-based prediction models.

Focus Areas
  • Watersheds – Modeling the ecosystem, landscape, and land-use dynamics at the watershed scale
  • Lakes, Rivers, and Streams – Studying interactions between physical, biological, and chemical  processes within fluvial systems
  • Urban Environments – Understanding change in land use; runoff generation; and transport of  particles, contaminants and microbiota in sewers, subsurface, ponds, wetlands, lakes, and rivers
  • Deltas – Developing predictive understandings of how deltas grow and respond to stress from various changes