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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics


  • 1989- Professor of Theoretical Geophysics, University of Cambridge
  • 1970- Fellow, King's College, Cambridge
  • 1988-1989 Reader in Geophysical Dynamics
  • 1981-1988 University Lecturer
  • 1970-1981 Assistant Director of Research in DAMTP, Cambridge
  • 1968-1969 ICI Research Fellow at Cambridge University

At various times visiting scientist at the Australian National University, University of California at San Diego, Canterbury University, Caltech, MIT, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, Tata Institute at Mumbai, University of Western Australia, the Weizmann Institute and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.


  • Carbon dioxide sequestration
  • The flow of granular media
  • Constrained lava flows
  • Exchange flows
  • The fluid mechanics of solidification
  • The sinking of pumice

Selected Publications

  • Huppert, H.E. (2000) "Geological fluid mechanics". In: Perspectives in Fluid Dynamics: A Collective Introduction to Current Research", eds. G. K. Batchelor, H.K. Moffatt and M.G. Worster. Cambridge University Press, pp. 447-506.
  • Huppert, H.E. (2000) "George Keith Batchelor". J. Fluid Mech. 421, 1-14.
  • Huppert, H.E. and Woods, A.W. (2002) "The role of volatiles in magma chamber dynamics", Nature 420, 493-495.
  • Lube, G., Huppert, H.E., Sparks, R.S.J and Hallworth, M.A. (2004) "Axisymmetric collapses of granular columns", J. Fluid Mech. 508, 175-199.
  • Lyle, S., Huppert, H.E., Hallworth, M.A. and Chadwick, A. (2005) "Axisymmetric gravity currents in a porous medium", J. Fluid Mech. 543, 293-302.
  • Huppert, H.E. (2006) "Gravity currents: a personal perspective", J. Fluid Mech. 554, 299-322.
  • Huppert, H.E. and Sparks, R.S.J. (2006) "Extreme Natural Hazards: population growth, globalisation and environmental change", Phil.Trans. R. Soc. A 364, 1875-1888.
  • Peppin, S.S.L., Aussillous, P., Huppert, H.E. and Worster, M.G. (2007) "Steady-state mushy layers: experiments and theory", J. Fluid Mech 570, 69-77.
  • Huppert, H.E. and Hallworth, M.A. (2007) "Bi-directional flows in constrained systems", J. Fluid Mech. 578, 95-112.
  • Bickle, M. Chadwick, A., Huppert, H.E., Hallworth, M.A. and Lyle, S. (2007) "Modelling carbon dioxide accumulation at Sleipner: Implications for underground carbon storage", Earth Planet.Sci.Lett. 255, 164-176.
  • Peppin, S.S.L., Huppert, H.E. and Worster, M.G. (2008) "Steady-state solidification of aqueous ammonium chloride", J. Fluid Mech. 599, 465-476.


Capillary pinning and blunting of immiscible gravity currents in porous media
B Zhao, CW Macminn, HE Huppert, R Juanes
– Water Resources Research
The fluid mechanics of carbon dioxide sequestration
HE Huppert, JA Neufeld
Topographic controls on gravity currents in porous media
SS Pegler, HE Huppert, JA Neufeld
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
On the hydrodynamic interaction between a particle and a permeable surface
GZ Ramon, HE Huppert, JR Lister, HA Stone
– Physics of Fluids
The effects of capillary forces on the axisymmetric propagation of two-phase, constant-flux gravity currents in porous media
MJ Golding, HE Huppert, JA Neufeld
– Physics of Fluids
The competition between gravity and flow focusing in two-layered porous media
HE Huppert, JA Neufeld, C Strandkvist
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Bending of elastic fibres in viscous flows: the influence of confinement ‡
JS Wexler, PH Trinh, H Berthet, N Quennouz, O Du Roure, HE Huppert, A Linder, HA Stone
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Interface pinning of immiscible gravity-exchange flows in porous media.
B Zhao, CW MacMinn, ML Szulczewski, JA Neufeld, HE Huppert, R Juanes
– Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Mixing of an interflow into the ambient water of Lake Iseo
CAR Hogg, CL Marti, HE Huppert, J Imberger
– Limnology and Oceanography
Fluid drainage from the edge of a porous reservoir
Z Zheng, B Soh, HE Huppert, HA Stone
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
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Research Group

Theoretical Geophysics