A Wave in the Clouds - Lucy Campbell
Research - Lucy Campbell
Research / Lucy Campbell
Most people associate waves with the ocean, but for Carleton University math professor Lucy Campbell, the waves in the air are much more interesting.
is conducting research into geo-physical fluid dynamics- that is to say, the movements in Earth's atmosphere and oceans- and how they affect weather patterns.
El Nino and other large-scale weather patterns are often related to these waves.
Rather than focusing on the physical side of things, however, Campbell
is working with mathematical formulas that can be used in predicting the behaviour of waves in the atmosphere.
For example, a mountain range can affect the air flow and cause waves, which are occasionally visible in the shapes of clouds.
These waves are erratic and hard to predict, due to gravity and the rotation of the Earth, and so her
research deals with extremely complex formulas.
Working with a team of Carleton students and in collaboration with Atmospheric Science researchers, Campbell hopes to refine existing methods of wave prediction, so that when computer hardware becomes powerful enough to simulate these weather patterns effectively, the formulas will be as accurate as possible.
Especially with climate change such a serious concern in the 21 st century, Campbell's
research can be applied to solve real-world problems.