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Environmental Fluid Mechanics & Hydrology

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Environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology deal primarily with the occurrence and movement of water and other fluids on the surface of the earth. Civil engineering applications of this discipline traditionally deal with river engineering, the hydrology of surface drainage and runoff, pipelines and conveyance systems, groundwater, flooding and its prevention, coastal processes and nearshore oceanography, hydroelectric generation, water supply and distribution, and fluid measurement. In recent times, the concern for the environment has added new responsibilities to hydraulic and hydrological engineers. They are responsible for calculating the movement and dispersion of pollutants and waste heat in surface and ground waters, and in the atmosphere. Current active research topics include: air-sea interaction; internal waves and their interactions with seafloor; swash zone hydrodynamics and sediment transport; stratified turbulent flows and sieches in lakes; wave-structure interactions; numerical modeling of tsunami generation, propagation and runup; storm surge and flooding; remote sensing techniques for sea states, water properties and seafloor characterization. Faculty members in the Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology area are: