Fellowship focus: Combining multidisciplinary knowledge on wind flows over forested hills with advanced data analysis to improve weather and climate environmental modelling.

Understanding wind flow and turbulence over hills and forests enables us to model scenarios such as heat damage to crops, wildland fire behaviour and pollutant dispersal – but current models often lack the complexity needed. Using numerical simulations and Surrey’s EnFlo meteorological wind tunnel, Associate Professor Banerjee and Dr Iacobello will conduct numerical experiments, collect data to validate new hypotheses, and test their theories on the land-atmosphere exchange when complex terrain and vegetation canopies are present. The Fellowship outcomes will include a seminar series and a short course of lectures for PhD and postdoctoral researchers.

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