Our research is concerned with the fluid mechanics of the environment and sustainability. As we face the challenges of living on Earth with an increasing population and with the stresses this places on resources and the environment, fluid mechanics is central to many of the major issues facing society - the availability of water (and food), pollution, the environmental consequences of energy use and the impacts of climate change, to name a few.

Humans have used the oceans and atmosphere as sources of energy and as dumping grounds for waste. We send carbon dioxide and pollutants into the atmosphere as a result of our industrial activities, and the oceans are affected by pollutants carried down rivers and into the sea.

We carry out experiments in the G.K. Batchelor Laboratory in DAMTP to study the relevant fluid flows in controlled laboratory conditions and use the results of these experiments gain understanding of the physics and to develop mathematical models of these flows. These models are used to provide quantitative estimates of these flows and their impacts on the environment.



Paul Linden  FRS, FRMetS

Director of Research.

G.I. Taylor Professor Emeritus of Fluid Mechanics

DAMTP, University of Cambridge, UK

Blasker Distinguished Professor Emeritus

of Environmental Science and Engineering

MAE, UC San Diego, USA

Professorial Fellow Emeritus of Downing College

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Cambridge Forum for Sustainability and the Environment

The CFSE is an interdisciplinary forum consisting of 25 academics from all schools within the university. The Forum meets monthly during term and address pressing issues within the area of sustainability and the environment with a view to articulating the outstanding research questions of the day. Further information can be found at http://www.cfn.group.cam.ac.uk

Cambridge Fluids Network

This project funded by Schlumberger Gould Research is a network of over a 100 academics and 300 PhD students working of fluid dynamics related research.

The network website http://www.cfn.group.cam.ac.uk provides information on the researchers and their areas of interest. It also lists the latest seminars in fluid mechanics.

Forthcoming events

Summer School on Fluid dynamics of sustainability and the environment.

July 3-14, Paris.