Mechanical Engineering Seminar


Turbulent Transport and Energy Exchange in the Lower Atmosphere


Dr. Neda Yaghoobian


Tallahassee, FL


Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 3:00:00 PM   


GTMI Building, Room 114


Dr. Alex Alexeev


Investigating the underlying physics of mass and heat transport and energy exchanges at the interface of the earth and atmosphere is a fundamental step in understanding and mitigating environmental problems. The lower atmosphere is the layer closest to the earth's surface and is characterized by its high turbulence and energy cycles. Turbulence in this interface is responsible for mixing and redistributing heat and momentum, while the energy cycles of different durations have a significant impact on the earth's energy balance. Understanding the dynamics of turbulent transport and energy exchange in the lower atmosphere is essential for developing effective strategies for mitigating the impacts of climate change. In this talk, I will cover stories of our efforts for understanding thermo-fluid physics of phenomena happening in the lower atmosphere, focusing on the multiphysics and multiscale nature of three main topics: thermo-fluid dynamics and energy exchanges in outdoor fires, transport phenomena in complex terrains, and heat and mass transport in naturally made systems.


Dr. Yaghoobian is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and an Associate of the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Institute at Florida State University. Before joining FSU, she was a postdoctoral scholar and research engineer in Mechanical Engineering in the Flow Physics and Computation Lab at Johns Hopkins University and a postdoctoral fellow in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Yaghoobian received her Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, San Diego. During her Ph.D., she also served as a visiting Research Assistant in the Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Yaghoobian is an NSF CAREER awardee, and her research interests include computational thermo-fluid dynamics, turbulence, land-atmosphere interaction, boundary layer meteorology, urban microclimatology, fire dynamics, and energy systems.


Refreshments will be served.