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Summer School
Fluid Dynamics of Sustainability
and the Environment

August  27- September 7, 2018
University of Cambridge, UK


Core lectures

Fundamentals of fluid mechanics
Lecturers: Paul Linden & Jean-Marc Chomaz
• Foundation and physics of the Navier-Stokes equation
• Dimensional analysis and scaling
• Shallow water flow
• Stratification
• Rotation
• Turbulence

Flow instabilities
Lecturers: Lutz Lesshafft
• Introductory notions of stability
• Convective instability
• Shear instability
• Examples from atmospheric and oceanic motions

Environmental fluid dynamics & cryosphere
Lecturers: Colm Caulfield & Grae Worster
• What is meant by environmental fluid dynamics
• Gravity currents: “plumes on slopes”
• Stratified mixing
• Thermodynamics of sea ice
• Brine fluxes from sea ice
• Flow and stability of marine ice sheets

Atmosphere & ocean
Lecturers: John Taylor & Peter Haynes
• Wind-driven gyres and western boundary currents
• Thermohaline circulation
• Eddies or Rossby waves
• Introduction to the atmosphere and the atmospheric circulation
• Waves and instabilities in the troposphere
• The dynamics of the stratosphere and stratosphere-troposphere connections

Renewable Energies: Hydro, Wind & Marine
Lecturers: Riwal Plougonven & Alex Stegner
• Fluvial flows
• Renewable energies from flows
• Mechanics for wind energy
• Renewable energies from winds

Guest lectures
Climate change
Ocean dynamics
Atmospheric dynamics

Practical sessions

In the afternoon, the students will be grouped into teams and will participate in practical sessions. During these sessions, the students will conduct experimental and numerical investigations of fluids.
Laboratory experiments: Stuart Dalziel
Computational projects: John Taylor