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Environmental Flow Physics Lab

EFPL @ Columbia University

Our group focuses on both fundamental and applied problems related to fluid dynamics and turbulence, with an emphasis on environmental flows. We focus on challenges related to atmospheric boundary layer flow phenomena and wind engineering, using supercomputers and analytical methods.

Current research areas include turbulence and turbulent transport in urban and plant canopies, flow in complex terrain, hurricane boundary layer turbulence, uncertainty quantification and artificial intelligence techniques for turbulence modeling.

Recent News

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  • PhD student Weiyi Li recognized with the prestigious Boris Bakhmeteff award for his contributions to fluid dynamics research. Congratulations Weiyi!

    Aug 10, 2022

  • Our group was awarded 240,000 Node Hours on the Stampede2 supercomputer and over 5 million CPU hours on Anvil via XSEDE to study turbulent flow phenomena in the environment.

    June 16, 2022

  • New project: Data Driven Models for Vegetation-Atmosphere Interaction. Collaboration with Professors Ensheng, Fish, Lawrence, and Vondrick. Thank you, LEAP NSF Science Technology Center!

    Feb 20, 2022

  • Our group secured a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) award for the acquisition of an aerial light detection and ranging system. Click here for more details.

    Dec 10, 2021

  • Marco will give a talk on hurricane turbulence at the Parsons Laboratory Seminar Series at MIT on Dec 3rd, 2021.

    Oct 20, 2021

  • Our group was awarded $100,000 in AWS Cloud Credits for the development of physics-inform machine learning models for atmospheric turbulence. Thank you, Amazon! Click here for more information.

    Oct 15, 2021

  • New project: Snow Transport in Katabatic Winds and Implications for the Antarctic Surface Mass Balance: Observations, Theory, and Numerical Modeling. More details in our Research page.

    Aug 24, 2021

  • Congratulations to Gurpreet for securing a prestigious Frontera Computational Science Fellowship!

    Apr 20, 2021

Industry Partnerships

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The Environmental Flow Physics Lab contributes its expertise in turbulence, computational fluid dynamics, and urban flow dynamics to help industry partners tackle challenging engineering problems. We partner with Amazon to improve flight dynamics of package delivery drones as part of the Amazon Prime Air project. We are also starting a new collaboration with the engineering and technology company Thornton Tomasetti.

Contact & Location

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Dr. Marco G. Giometto

  • Seeley W. Mudd Building, Room 638
  • 500 W. 120th Steet, New York, NY 10027
  • Tel (212) 853-1799
  • mg3929@columbia.edu

Department of Civil Engineering & Engineering Mechanics

  • Seeley W. Mudd Building, Room 610
  • 500 W. 120th Steet, New York, NY 10027
  • Tel (212) 854-2993
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