OCEN 677 : Environmental Fluid Mechanics


Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky,


Office Hours

Course Meeting Times

TR 9:35-10:50 in
RICH 1009 and via TTVN




Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky
Ph +1-979-845-4517
FAX +1-979-862-8162

Satellite image of the phytoplankton concentration off the coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands. Image provided by the NASA SeaWiFS Program.  

Course Objectives

The objective of this course is to introduce the physics and chemistry of transport and mixing of substances in the natural environment (hydrosphere).  Specifically, this course will help students:

There is a realted PowerPoint presentation describing the course content. If you do not have PowerPoint, you can view this presentation by downloading and installing the PowerPoint Viewer. See also the related courses, CVEN 489, OCEN 689, and OCEN 475/677


Environmental fluid mechanics, mixing, transport, diffusion, dispersion, turbulence, turbulent diffusion, dispersion, jets, plumes, concentration boundary layers, tidal mixing, wastewater outfalls, numerical modeling, rivers, lakes, estuaries, oceans, groundwater, atmosphere, hydrosphere.

Course Description

OCEN 677 Environmental Fluid Mechanics. Credits 3. 3 Lecture Hours. Introduction to fluid and mass transport in naturally occurring flows; topics include molecular and turbulent diffusion; dispersion; river, estuary, and ocean mixing; dissolution boundary layers; tidal mixing; offshore wastewater outfalls; introduction to environmental quality numerical modeling.

Prerequisite: CVEN 311 or equivalent.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CTS-0348572. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations in this material are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).