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Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics


  • 2014 - Director of Research, DAMTP
  • 2014 - Emeritus Fellow, Downing College
  • 2010 - 2014: G.I. Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics, DAMTP
  • 2010 - 2014 : Professorial Fellow, Downing College
  • 2010 - : Blasker Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
  • 2009 - : Visiting Professor, Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath
  • 2009 - 2010: Director, Sustainability Solutions Institute, UC San Diego
  • 2007 - 2009: Director, Environment and Sustainability Initiative, UC San Diego
  • 1998 - 2010: Blasker Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
  • 1991 - 1998: Reader in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, DAMTP
  • 1977 - 1998: Fellow, Downing College
  • 1976 - 1998: Director, Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, DAMTP
  • 1976 - 1991: Assistant Director of Research, DAMTP
  • 1972 - 1976: Postdoctoral Research Assistant, DAMTP


The focus of my research is environmental fluid mechanics. Our group conducts experimental and theoretical research on problems associated with our environment and the processes that affect and are impacted by climate change. We study and develop models of the fluid flow in low-energy buildings, gravity-driven flows in stratified and rotating fluids, internal waves and mixing in stratified fluids

Selected recent Publications

  • Burridge, H. C. , Partridge, J. L. & Linden, P.F. 2016 The fluxes and behaviour of plumes inferred from measurements of coherent structures within images of the bulk flow. Atmosphere-Ocean iFirst article 1-15.


  • Carrilho da Graca G. & Linden, P. F. 2016 Ten questions about natural ventilation of non-domestic buildings. Building and Environment, 107, 263-273. doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2016.08.007

  • Daish, N. C., Carrilho da Graca G., Linden, P. F. & Banks, D. 2016 Impact of aperture separation on wind driven single-sided natural ventilation. Building and Environment, 108, 122-134.


  • Ramage, M. H. , Burridge, H. C., Busse-Wicher, M., Fereday, G., Reynolds, T., Shah, D., Wu, G., Yu, L., Fleming, P., Densley-Tingley, D., Allwood, J., Dupree, P., Linden, P. F. & Sherman, O. 2016 The wood from trees: the use of timber in construction. Renew. Sustain. Energy Rev., 68, 333-359.

  • Hughes, G.O. & Linden, P. F. 2016 Mixing eciency in run-down gravity currents. J. Fluid Mech., 809, 691{704. doi:10.1017/jfm.2016.696

  • Burridge, H. C. & Linden, P.F. 2016 Questioning the Mpemba effect: hot water does not cool more quickly than cold. Scientic Reports, 6, 37665 EP -, doi:10.1038/srep37665




Bubble curtains used as barriers across horizontal density stratifications
A Bacot, D Frank, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Experimental properties of continuously forced, shear-driven, stratified turbulence. Part 2. Energetics, anisotropy, parameterisation
A Lefauve, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Experimental properties of continuously forced, shear-driven, stratified turbulence. Part 1. Mean flows, self-organisation, turbulent fractions
A Lefauve, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Fluid mechanics of sash windows
GF Kemp, MS Davies Wykes, RK Bhagat, PF Linden
– Flow
Air Flow Experiments on a Train Carriage—Towards Understanding the Risk of Airborne Transmission
H Woodward, S Fan, RK Bhagat, M Dadonau, MD Wykes, E Martin, S Hama, A Tiwari, SB Dalziel, RL Jones, P Kumar, PF Linden
– Atmosphere
Assessment and mitigation of personal exposure to particulate air pollution in cities: An exploratory study
PTM Tran, MG Adam, KW Tham, S Schiavon, J Pantelic, PF Linden, E Sofianopoulou, SC Sekhar, DKW Cheong, R Balasubramanian
– Sustainable Cities and Society
Transpiration through hydrogels
MA Etzold, PF Linden, M Grae Worster
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Contaminant transport by human passage through an air curtain separating two sections of a corridor: Part II – Two zones at different temperatures
NK Jha, D Frank, L Darracq, PF Linden
– Energy and Buildings
Effects of background rotation on the dynamics of multiphase plumes
D Frank, JR Landel, SB Dalziel, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Seasonal variation in airborne infection risk in schools due to changes in ventilation inferred from monitored carbon dioxide.
CVM Vouriot, HC Burridge, CJ Noakes, PF Linden
– Indoor air
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Research Groups

Cantab Capital Institute for the Mathematics of Information
Environmental and Industrial Fluid Dynamics




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