Developing and Applying Advanced Analytical, Computational and Experimental Methods to Study Water in Natural and Engineered Systems
The research in the UC Davis Water Resources Engineering (WRE) Group encompasses a broad range of subjects,including hydrology, hydraulics, contaminant transport, atmospheric flows, and systems analysis, through a combination of numerical, laboratory, and field experiments. Specific topics include: impacts of climate change and contaminant transport in rivers, estuaries, and seas (both deterministic and stochastic); colloid and nanoparticle fate in soils; transport in porous, heterogeneous media; biochar engineering; land-water-atmosphere interactions and evapotranspiration; autonomous underwater vehicles; aquatic chemistry and ecosystems; turbulence modeling for complex shear flows; sediment transport; vortex shedding and its control; industrial aerodynamics; multiphase flows; water resources planning and management. Faculty members of the WRE Group direct the Jaime Amorocho Hydraulics Laboratory (JAHL); the Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC); and the Center for Watershed Sciences. The WRE Group leads research on Lake Tahoe, on the Delta of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Rivers, the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Coast.