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Turbulence -- the complex and chaotic behaviour of air and water in motion -- is all around us in our atmosphere, oceans, rivers, and myriad engineered systems. It has a profound impact on the overall processes within these environments and as a result has grabbed the attention of scientists for over a century.

This site overviews our research led by Dr. Michael Heisel, a lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney, offering a narrow window into research efforts of the broader scientific community to better understand turbulence and its effects on our natural world. Our work uses a range methods to investigate these flows, including wind tunnel experiments and large-eddy simulations. The pages herein detail our team, examples of our ongoing and past research, links to our scholarly articles, our research facilities, available data and code, and opportunities to join the team as a PhD student. We encourage you to go explore our turbulent environment, both within this site and in the real world!

As a final note, we are not the only team studying fluid dynamics at the University of Sydney. We are affiliated with the Centre for Wind, Waves, and Water  and we also have colleagues in the Fluid Dynamics Research Group.

phytoplankton bloom, credit Joshua Stevens

Turbulence is most easily observed from the surface of oceans and rivers. This satellite image shows dispersion of a phytoplankton bloom off the coast of Argentina. Credit Joshua Stevens and the NASA Earth Observatory.


June 2024: new community-led journal for geoscientists!

Michael is now an associate editor for the peer-reviewed journal ARC Geophysical Research published by the Academic Research Community (ARC) Alliance. The journal is founded and run by geoscientists in an effort to reduce the flow of money in academic publishing and ensure open public access to new scientific findings. Consider submitting your work there!

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