Short Bio

Dr. Richter's group is focused on computational techniques such as direct numerical simulation (DNS) and large eddy simulation (LES) for studying turbulence in the atmosphere and ocean, particularly those flows with multiphase components. These numerical techniques allow us to study basic atmospheric processes in a wide range of applications including air-sea interaction, surface-atmosphere coupling, atmospheric boundary layer dynamics, and turbulent transport. Our research is also devoted to developing tools for simulating multiphase systems that can be applied to a wide variety of geophysical flows.

Some specific projects currently include understanding air-sea exchange and the influence of sea spray, dust and sand transport in the atmospheric boundary layer, tidal energy generation via marine kinetic turbines, GPU acceleration of particle-laden numerical simulations, contaminant transport in heterogeneous porous media, and salt aerosol distributions in the marine atmospheric boundary layer.

Our group is always looking for motivated students who share an interest in understanding these natural systems. Please contact David if you are interested or have any questions.

Academic Positions

  • 2013-PresentAssistant Professor

    Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences
    University of Notre Dame

  • 2014-PresentConcurrent Professor

    Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
    University of Notre Dame

  • 2011-2013Postdoctoral Research Fellow

    Advanced Study Program
    National Center for Atmospheric Research

  • 2006-2011Ph.D. Research Associate

    Mechanical Engineering
    Stanford University

Selected Publications

Recent publications that highlight key areas of research in our group

Influence of evaporating droplets in the turbulent marine atmospheric boundary layer

Peng, T. & D.H. Richter
Boundary-Layer Meteorology
2017
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Publications

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