Fotini Chow

Fotini Chow

Dept of Civil and Environmental Engineering
(510) 643-4405
Research Expertise and Interest
environmental fluid mechanics, wind energy applications, clouds, large-eddy simulation, turbulence modeling, atmospheric boundary layer flow, flow over complex terrain, urban dispersion modeling, urban air quality
Research Description

The research in my group focuses on numerical modeling of the atmospheric boundary layer, which we use to improve predictions for wind energy, air pollution dispersion, and cloud dynamics, among other applications. The analytical and computational methods that we develop help to quantify climate change mitigation strategies, air quality effects, and cloud representation and feedbacks in regional climate models.

Current projects include studies of wind turbine interactions with boundary layer dynamics over steep terrain, wildfire modeling, urban dispersion modeling, and improved numerical techniques for turbulence, representation of topography, and grid nesting, among others.

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