The Coastal and Ocean Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (COFDL) focuses on fluid dynamical and related processes affecting the transport of solids, dissolved constituents, momentum, and energy within the ocean and across its boundaries, and biological-physical interactions. Subjects of research include dispersion within the sediments, sediment suspension and transport, feeding and dispersal of organisms, turbulent transport within the bottom boundary layer and throughout the water column and its effect on estuarine, coastal and ocean circulation, transport of mass, heat and momentum across the air-water interface, and the turbulent fluxes in the surface layer beneath that interface and in the marine boundary layer above it. Novel techniques and instruments are often developed for exploring these processes by members of the laboratory, who come from the diverse disciplines of Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Meteorology, Oceanography and Physics. COFDL is an active participant in the Joint MIT/WHOI Graduate Program, the WHOI Postdoctoral Program and the WHOI Summer Student Fellows Program.
Maintained by S. Hurst