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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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  • We are excited to announce that our group will be hosting a two-day workshop on decentralized science on August 17-18, 2023 at Columbia University. To learn more about this workshop, please click here.

    May 30, 2023

  • PHD student Gurpreet Hora recognized with a Lead Teaching Fellowship for his exceptional dedication to advancing instructional practices and fostering mentorship in teaching. Congratulations Gurpreet!

    Apr 28, 2023

  • New project to support aerial drone operations: The Prime Air Hyperlocal Wind Model. Thank you, Amazon!

    Jan 9, 2023

  • New Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Award from the Army Research Office: Distributed Sensor Network for Land‐Atmosphere Interaction Research.

    Nov 22, 2022

  • Welcome to Sofia Farina who joins our group from the University of Trento as visiting Ph.D. student on a prestigious Fullbright Scholarship!

    Nov 14, 2022

  • 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: Characterization of Hurricane Boundary Layer Turbulence for Wind Hazard Mitigation. This effort contributes to the Disaster Resilience Research Grant (DRRG) program, which is jointly funded by NSF and NIST. Click here for more details.

    June 4, 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

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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