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Hydrology & Fluid Dynamics

Duke environmental engineering faculty in the Hydrology and Fluid Dynamics research group pursue some of the most pressing open problems in environmental fluid dynamics, hydrology and water resources. We take a multidisciplinary and multifaceted approach to these complex problems, ranging from advanced theoretical computational analyses to unique laboratory and local and global field experiments.

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Research Areas

  • Hydrometeorology: Rainfall dynamics, land-atmosphere interaction, remote sensing
  • Eco-hydrology: Impact of hydroclimatic variability on ecosystems and feedbacks on the hydrologic cycle and local climate
  • Contaminant transport hydrology: Surface-subsurface interactions
  • Water cycle dynamics and human health, and stochastic hydrology
Related Study Opportunities

PhD and Master of Science (MS) in Environmental Engineering

Master of Engineering (MEng) in Environmental Engineering

Offers concentrations in:

  • Environmental Engineering and Public Policy
  • Environmental Process Engineering
  • Ecohydrology and Environmental Fluid Dynamics

Primary Faculty

Bragg

Andrew Bragg

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Fundamental and applied problems in fluid dynamics, especially turbulence, and its role in environmental systems.

Chaney

Nathaniel Chaney

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Jones

Akhenaton-Andrew Dhafir Jones

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Biofilms, cardiovascular infections, infectious diseases, biomaterials, antibiotics, porous media flows, fate and transport of nanomaterials in biofilms, water quality sensors, environmental systems analysis, environmental equity, environmental justice

Kabala

Zbigniew J. Kabala

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Dr. Kabala's principal research interests cover stochastic and deterministic theory of fluid flow and contaminant transport in saturated and unsaturated heterogeneous porous media, theory of related measurements, field and laboratory studies in subsurface hydrology, stochastic…

Katul

Gabriel G. Katul

Theodore S. Coile Distinguished Professor of Hydrology and Micrometeorology

Research Interests: Micrometeorology and surface hydrology, Carbon and water cycling, and Environmental fluid dynamics

Schaad

David E. Schaad

Professor of the Practice of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Sustainable engineering, community development, water and wastewater treatment design, stormwater retention/detention and treatment design, hazardous waste remediation, urban hydrology, constructed wetland and stream restoration design, ecological stabilization, sustainable…

Wiesner

Mark Wiesner

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Membrane processes, nanostructured materials, transport and fate of nanomaterials in the environment, colloidal and interfacial processes, and environmental systems analysis

Secondary Faculty

Hench

James Hench

Associate Professor of Oceanography

Jeuland

Marc A. Jeuland

Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy

Li

Wenhong Li

Associate Professor of Climate

Oren

Ram Oren

Nicholas Distinguished Professor of Earth Systems Science

Adjunct Faculty

Germano

Massimo Germano

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Turbulence in fluids and its representation. Multiscale decompositions of turbulent flows. The Navier-Stokes, the Large Eddy and the Reynolds equations. Reynolds modeling and subgrid scale modeling for the Large Eddy Simulation of turbulent flows. Hybrid RANS/LES modeling.

Emeritus Faculty

Haff

Peter K. Haff

Professor Emeritus

Medina

Miguel A. Medina

Profesor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests: Environmental engineering, cyberinfrastructure networks, sensors, geotropospheric interactions, engineering systems optimization.