David H. Richter
Office: Cushing 120A
One problem our group is working on is evaluating the role of sea spray in near-surface sensible and latent heat flux. Does adding water droplets to the lower marine atmospheric boundary layer enhance heat and moisture transferred from the sea to the air? In hurricane development, this question is critical, so we take a fundamental approach by coupling Lagrangian particles to direct numerical simulation of turbulence. When each individual particle can exchange momentum, heat, and water mass with the surrounding fluid, we can learn a great deal about the physical importance of transfer in these types of multiphase systems.