Imperial College London

Professor Maarten van Reeuwijk

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Professor of Urban Fluid Mechanics



+44 (0)20 7594 6059m.vanreeuwijk Website CV




Miss Rebecca Naessens +44 (0)20 7594 5990




331Skempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





My group works on 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.

We use a wide range of simulation techniques, ranging from Direct Numerical Simulation (DNS), Large-Eddy Simulation (LES) to Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) simulation. All the production codes are fully parallised, with the biggest simulations with the DNS code running at resolutions in excess of 10 billion points with over 250,000 cores simultaneously on Europe's largest supercomputers. 

We use the unique insights obtained using these high-fidelity simulations to understand the dominant physical phenomena and to develop parameterisations that can be used in operational models. 

There are regular opportunities for PhD and Post-doctoral positions in my group so contact me in case you are interested.

Research Student Supervision

Alsulaiman,N, Thermal plumes in coastal regions

Huang,J, Direct simulations of turbulent moist fountains

Jongedijk,C, Simulating microplastics in the nearshore

Owens,S, Simulating the urban microclimate with LES

Puchol-Salort,P, Infrastructure Ecology Framework for Sustainable Urban Planning and Water Management

Quilelli Correa Rocha Ribeiro,R, Simulating the effect of the atmospheric state on ship track formation

Vouriout,C, Indoor air quality and airborne disease modelling

Wilson,C, The role of heterogeneity in urban climate