EEWR Brown Bag Seminar with Professors Elie Bou-Zeid and James Smith
Speaker: Professors James Smith and Elie Bou-Zeid
Series: EEWR Brown Bag Seminars
Location: Engineering Quad E219
Date/Time: Friday, September 17, 2010, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Professor Elie Bou-Zeid, Environmental Fluid Mechanics Group
Title: Environmental Fluid Mechanics: basics and hydro-meteorological applications
Professor Bou-Zeid's current research focuses on combining numerical, experimental, and analytical tools to study the basic dynamics of flow and transport in environmental systems. The aim is to study how Environmental Fluid Mechanics relate to problems in climate change, air quality, hydrology, and sustainable development. Boundary layer Meteorology, the study of dynamics and modeling of flow and transport in the thin (~1 km) layer of air near the earth surface, is a particular focus of our group. Most human activities and engineered systems are concentrated in this Atmospheric Boundary Layer; in addition, its dynamics are very important for surface-atmosphere couplings and for global atmospheric dynamics.
Professor James Smith, Hydrometeorology Group
Professor Smith's research interests concern the hydrology, hydraulics and hydrometeorology of extreme floods. Hydrometeorological studies have centered on development of technologies for measuring rainfall from weather radar, stochastic modeling of the space-time structure of rainfall and microphysical studies of extreme rainfall from organized systems of thunderstorms. Smith's research group has been involved in numerous hydrometeorological field campaigns, most recently in connection with the Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), a component of the NSF LTER program. Field studies in the BES have also examined the heterogeneity of hydrologic response in urbanizing watersheds, the stability of the channel-floodplain system in urban drainage networks and the hydraulics of extreme floods in urban rivers. In addition to field campaigns focused on intensively monitoring research watersheds, Smith and his colleagues have been extensively involved in field studies of major floods in the United States.