Nepf Environmental Fluid Mechanics Lab

The Nepf Environmental Fluid Mechanics Lab explores the physical mechanisms that shape shallow water ecosystems, such as rivers, wetlands, and coastal zones, with a particular emphasis on vegetated systems. These ecosystems provide important services, including flood control, water quality improvement, habitat and coastal protection. Because of these services, efforts to restore vegetated ecosystems are accelerating around the world. At the same time, many cities and states are adopting managed wetlands to provide storm and waste water treatment with additional ecological benefits. However, the design of wetlands and sustainable restoration requires an understanding of the feedbacks between vegetation and flow structure. The goal of the Nepf Lab is to provide the physical understanding, from the blade scale to the reach scale, that is needed to restore and harness these valuable ecosystems.