Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky,
My research is in the broad area of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, with emphasis on laboratory experiments and data analysis to elucidate mixing mechanisms by turbulence and coherent structures. Current research projects study turbulent mixing processes in three contexts: (1) multiphase plumes, (2) shallow tidal inlets, and (3) natural seeps. See the Research pages for more details.
Environmental Fluid Mechanics, multiphase flow, direct ocean carbon sequestration, reservoir management, stratified fluids, shallow flow stability, shallow starting jet vortices, tidal inlet mixing, natural seeps.
My teaching activities are focused on fluid mechanics and numerical methods. See the Teaching pages for more details.
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Office hours are available on my Meeting Schedule.
Dr. Socolofsky was recently funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) to study the effects of clathrate hydrate armoring on mass transfer from natural gas bubbles in the deep ocean emitted at natural seep sites. A press release by DOE explains the key elements of the project (see the 4th project listed). This work is closely related to work also funded over the last several years by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), through the Gulf Integrated Spill Research (GISR) consortium and the Center for Integrated Modeling and Analysis of the Gulf Ecosystem (C-IMAGE). Through this funding, a new group studying Nearfield Dynamics of Multiphase Plumes has come together, which includes members from academia, industry, and government agencies.
A fun event occurred during his most resent research cruise in the Gulf of Mexico on the E/V Nautilus, when a sperm whale visited the remotely operated vehicle operated from the Nautilus during sampling. This encounter can be viewed on YouTube.
Dr. Socolofsky has been appointed as the Associate Director of the Offshore Technology Research Center (OTRC). He was also promoted to the rank of Professor on September 1, 2015, and has a joint appointment in the Department of Oceanography at Texas A&M University. He is also the Division Head for the Environmental, Water Resources, and Coastal Engineering Division in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M.