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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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  • Welcome to Kianoosh Yousefi, who joins our group as Associate Research Scientist!

    Aug 1st, 2021

  • New project: Towards a Mechanistic Epidemiological Model via Computational Fluid Dynamics and Individual-Based Modeling. More details in our Research page.

    Jun 22, 2021

  • Our group was awarded 150,000 Node Hours on the Stampede2 supercomputer via XSEDE to study turbulent flow phenomena in the environment.

    Jun 14, 2021

  • Marco will give a talk at the Meteorology and Climate Modeling for Air Quality Conference, UC Davis Air Quality Research Center, September 14-17, 2021.

    May 25, 2021

  • New paper from former postdoc in GRL contrasting turbulence in hurricanes to that of Ekman-layer flows. Congratulations Mostafa!

    Mar 22, 2021

  • New paper in GMD highlighting limitations of an important class of second-order accurate finite volume models in predicting atmospheric boundary layer flow. Congratulations Beatrice!

    Mar 16, 2021

  • We’re growing - welcome to Atharva Sunil Sathe who has just joined our group! Atharva obtain his B.Tech. and M.Tech. degree in Aerospace Engineering from IIT Bombay.

    Jan 1, 2021

  • Congratulations to Beatrice Giacomini for winning the Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) at the American Geophysical Union meeting 2019!

    Jan 29, 2020

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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