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Environmental Fluid Mechanics and Water Resources

Sturm elected an ASCE fellow

Professor Terry Sturm, who has been elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Renowned hydraulic engineer Terry Sturm has been named a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a prestigious honor afforded less than 3.5 percent of the society’s members.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Liquid Assets: Tech researchers are working to solve the world’s water problems

Water drop

From the drinking-water contamination in Flint, Mich., to the seemingly endless drought in California, good old H2O pools at the heart of many of today’s most pressing and headline-grabbing problems. Find out how the work and ideas of Tech researchers are helping us understand — and solve — these planet-wide challenges.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Georgia Tech launches Ph.D. in ocean science and engineering

Ocean Science and Engineering webpage screenshot

Georgia Tech now offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Ocean Science and Engineering. The new program aims to train ocean scientists and engineers by combining basic and applied sciences with innovative ocean technologies.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Water Resources Research editors say Bras’ work some of the year’s most significant

A study by Rafael L. Bras advancing the modeling of river watershed evolution in semi-arid areas has been named an Editor’s Choice by the journal Water Resources Research.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Understanding landslide-generated tsunamis — and predicting their impact

A simulated landslide splashes into a wave basin at Oregon State University.

Scientists better understand the formation of rare but deadly kinds of tsunamis as a result of first-of-their-kind experiments by two Georgia Tech researchers.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Understanding rogue ocean waves may be simple after all

A large wave towers astern of the NOAA ship Delaware II in the Atlantic Ocean in 2005. (Photo: Delaware II Crew/NOAA)

An international team of scientists has developed a relatively simple mathematical explanation for the rogue ocean waves that can develop seemingly out of nowhere to sink ships and overwhelm oil platforms with walls of water as much as 25 meters high.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

New model explains how soil erosion affects the amount of carbon in Earth’s atmosphere

Yannis Dialynas, a hydrology Ph.D. student in Georgia Tech’s School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Georgia Tech Provost Rafael L. Bras, discuss a model of soil erosion. This research is studying the role of erosion on carbon cycling. (Photo: Rob Felt)

A high-resolution model of how soil erosion impacts the carbon cycle of a small South Carolina watershed may help explain an apparent imbalance in the world’s carbon budget. Explaining that apparent imbalance is necessary for understanding and predicting the course of global climate change.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sigma Xi names Bruder’s dissertation on tidal energy one of the best of the year

Brittany Bruder, Ph.D. 2015

Brittany Bruder’s work assessing tidal energy around a small island in coastal Georgia has won Sigma Xi’s award for the best Ph.D. dissertations this year at Georgia Tech.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

‘Flying’ through the ocean: Researchers find the sea butterfly swims like insects fly

A sea butterfly (Limacina helicina). Photo: EOL Learning and Education Group via Flickr.

It turns out that the sea butterfly (Limacina helicina), a zooplankton snail that lives in cold oceans, lives up to its name. Georgia Institute of Technology researchers went to the Pacific Ocean to scoop up hundreds of the 3-millimeter marine mollusks (called pteropods), and then used high-speed cameras to watch how they move. They found that sea butterflies don’t paddle like most small water animals. Instead, they’re like flying insects, flapping their wings to produce lift and propel them through the water.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Sturm, Hong win 2016 Hilgard Prize for their paper on predicting scour around bridges during floods

Seung Ho Hong in the Donovan Hydraulics Laboratory with the flume used in his study.

Professor Terry Sturm and former Ph.D. student Seung Ho Hong have received a top research award for hydraulic engineering from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Sturm and Hong won for a study on predicting the amount of erosion, or scour, around bridge supports during floods.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

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