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Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Hydrology

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The primary objective of this area is to achieve a better understanding of the physical processes of fluid motions in the environment. The research philosophy puts equal emphasis on experimental studies, including both laboratory (centered in the DeFrees Hydraulics Laboratory) and field investigations, and the development of analytical solutions and advanced computing techniques. Current research topics include breaking waves and nearshore processes; wave-structure interactions; tsunamis; air-sea exchange processes; the transport and fate of contaminants in the nearshore environment; lake mixing; transport and circulation; measurement technologies; hydrologic phenomena, such as land surface processes, earth-atmosphere interactions, infiltration, and groundwater.

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