IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor: Herbert Huppert FRS, Institute of Theoretical Geophysics, University of Cambridge, UK

10th September - 15th December 2012

Professor Herbert Huppert FRS is a professor at the Institute of Theoretical Geophysics at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Professor Huppert was born and received his early education in Sydney, Australia. He graduated in Applied Mathematics from Sydney University with first class Honours and the University medal in 1964. He then completed a PhD at the University of California, San Diego, and came as an ICI Post-doctoral Fellow to the University of Cambridge in 1968 for what was meant to be a one-year sojourn.

He has published widely using fluid-mechanical principles in applications to the Earth sciences: in meteorology, oceanography and geology. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1987.

In 2005 he was the only non-American recipient of a prize from the US National Academy, being awarded the Arthur L. Day Prize Lectureship for contributions to the Earth sciences. He has been elected a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Physical Society, and a Member of the European Academy. He was awarded the Murchison Medal of the Geological Society of London in 2007 and gave the Bakerian Prize Lecture of The Royal Society in 2011 entitled Carbon storage: caught between a rock and climate change.

Professor Huppert will deliver the virtual seminar series Gravity Currents in Nature and Industry to present what is known about the dynamics of the flows in various settings, including large-scale inertial flows as well as those that are influenced by viscosity and other resistive forces. The lecture series (10 in total) couples a lecture from Professor Huppert on the fundamentals of these flows with a shorter seminar from University of Bristol researchers, in which recent research results will be presented.

The format for each event apart from the first (on Wed 10 Oct) will commence with a lecture from Professor Huppert from 15:30 until 16:15.  There will then be a 5-minute break followed by a seminar given by a Bristol academic on a generally related topic from 16:20 until 16:50.  This will be leave 10 minutes  for questions.  The first event will be a lecture only. 

The series will be made available to the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) as a virtual seminar series in the Ground Floor Seminar Room in the Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information Building as follows:

Wed 10 Oct - Lecture 1. Introduction and High Reynolds Number Flows I

Wed 17 Oct - Lecture 2: High Reynolds Number Flows II followed by Seminar 2: Professor Steve Sparks: Volcanic Intrusions

Wed 24 Oct - Lecture 3: Low Reynolds Number Flows I followed by Seminar 3: Professor Paul Bates: Large Scale River Flows

Wed 31 Oct - Lecture 4: Low Reynolds Number Flows II followed by Seminar 4: Dr Alison Rust: Lava Flows

Wed 07 Nov - Lecture 5: Particle-Driven Flows followed by Seminar 5: Dr Jeremy Phillips: Volcanic Ash Clouds

Wed 14 Nov - Lecture 6: Flows in Porous Media I followed by Seminar 6: Professor Thorsten Wagener: Groundwater Flows

Wed 21 Nov - Lecture 7: Flows in Porous Media II followed by Seminar 7: Professor Jonathan Bamber: Earth’s Varying Gravity

Wed 28 Nov - Lecture 8: Granular Flows I followed by Seminar 8: Dr Andrew J. Hogg: Runout and Arrest of Granular Flows

Wed 05 Dec - Lecture 9: Granular Flows II followed by Seminar 9: Dr Lydie Staron: Rock Flow Mobility

Wed 12 Dec - Lecture 10: Ice Flows followed by Seminar 10: Professor Tony Payne: Plumes, Ice and the Polar Oceans

Download seminar series summary with synopses (Office document, 155kB).

For further information, please contact Dr Andrew Hogg (A.J.Hogg@bristol.ac.uk).