OCEN 475/677 : Special Topics in Mixing and Transport in the Environment (Environmental Fluid Mechanics)


Dr. Scott A. Socolofsky,
Associate Professor


Office Hours

Course Meeting Times

TR 9:35-10:50 in CE 217


Undergraduate / Graduate


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

To introduce the physics and chemistry of transport and mixing of substances in the hydrosphere by learning to:

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 old course CVEN 489.


Environmental fluid mechanics, mixing, transport, diffusion, dispersion, turbulence, turbulent diffusion, dispersion, jets, plumes, concentration boundary layers, tidal mixing, wastewater outfalls, numerical modeling.

Course Description

OCEN 489/689 SP TP MIXING TRANS PROCS. (3-0). Credit 3. II A first course in environmental fluid mechanics: an 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; and an introduction to environmental quality numerical modeling.


This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CTS-0348572. Any opinions, finds 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).