Imperial College London

Dr Maarten van Reeuwijk

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Reader in Environmental Fluid Mechanics



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Maarten is a Reader in the Fluid Mechanics section in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College. He has an MSc in Environmental Fluid Mechanics and a PhD in Applied Physics, both from Delft University of Technology. Apart from running an active research group, he teaches both at under- and postgraduate level.

Maarten's research interests comprise transport processes in fluids, generally involving wall-bounded turbulence and buoyancy effects. Application areas are transport processes in urban areas (urban heat island, dispersion, microclimate), atmospheric convection, building ventilation (stratified environments, plumes/jets, exchange flows) and oceanographic/coastal applications. Areas of active research include:

  • Air quality and urban microclimate in cities, particularly focused on sustainability. Here we use high-fidelity Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) and Urban Energy Balance models to quantify the impact of sustainable infrastructure like green roofs and green walls on air quality and the urban heat island effect.
  • Turbulent entrainment in various guises (jets/plumes, volcanic ash, gravity currents, atmospheric/oceanic boundary layers etc). We use Direct Numerical Simulation and theory to get unprecedented insight into this important, yet notoriously difficult to measure, phenomenon.
  • The behaviour of particles in turbulent flows. Applications to microplastics in the sea and cloud droplets.

Maarten leads a diverse group of excellent PhD students and post-docs with backgrounds ranging from Aeronautical, Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Mathematics and Physics. There are regular opportunities for PhD and post-doc positions. Please send me an E-mail if you are interested.

Publications of the group can be found in the tab above, or on Google Scholar.



    Jordan OH, Rooney GG, Devenish BJ, et al., 2021, Under pressure: turbulent plumes in a uniform crossflow, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:932, ISSN:0022-1120

    Boetti M, van Reeuwijk M, Liberzon A, 2021, Potential-enstrophy lengthscale for the turbulent/nonturbulent interface in stratified flow, Physical Review Fluids, Vol:6, ISSN:2469-990X

    Sützl BS, Rooney GG, Finnenkoetter A, et al., 2021, Distributed urban drag parameterization for sub‐kilometre scale numerical weather prediction, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, Vol:147, ISSN:0035-9009, Pages:3940-3956

    Brizzolara S, Mollicone J-P, van Reeuwijk M, et al., 2021, Transition from shear-dominated to Rayleigh-Taylor turbulence, Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Vol:924, ISSN:0022-1120, Pages:1-13

    Grylls T, Suter I, Sützl B, et al., 2021, uDALES: large-eddy-simulation software for urban flow, dispersion, and microclimate modelling, Journal of Open Source Software, Vol:6, ISSN:2475-9066, Pages:1-4

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