Personal Chair in Nonlinear Waves
School of Mathematics
Morning glory cloud over the Gulf of Carpentaria coast of Queensland, Australia.
Professor Smyth's interest lie in geophysical wave motion, particularly solitary waves and undular bores in the ocean and atmosphere. He has used nonlinear wave equations such as the Korteweg-de Vries and Benjamin-Ono equations to model undular bores in the internal diurnal tide and in the atmosphere, for example morning glory clouds, and compared results with observational data. He is also interested in the waves generated by the interaction of fluid flow with topography, particularly transcritical flow.
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