Turbulence Webinar Series

  1. Dr. Donald Webster (Georgia Tech) presents this webinar on turbulence in the first webinar of the Turbulence Webinar series. Armed with some math and physics, Dr. Webster introduces the audience to turbulence, how it works in the world, and how it is observed and measured. Part one of a three-part webinar, this webinar serves as the introduction for the remaining two webinars. It was broadcast to a live webinar audience on January 23rd, and includes a question-and-answer session.

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  2. Dr. Jeannette Yen takes us on an intriguing adventure, from the cosmos to copepods, in the second of a three-part webinar series on the concept of turbulence. A follow-up to Dr. Donald Webster’s presentation that focused on introducing turbulence and why it matters to us, Dr. Yen shows us how turbulence can occur at various scales and the similarities we see between islands forming vortical wakes in the atmosphere and phytoplankton moving through the water column. Her talk is jam-packed with multimedia content, from incredible close-up images of copepod feeding appendages to videos of her research observing mating behavior in various copepod species. She incorporates aspects of Dr. Webster’s webinar and prepares the audience for the last and final installment of this series presented by Dr. Peter Jumars, which will focus on the ocean's tiniest organisms.

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  3. In the third and final installment of the Turbulence Webinar Series, Dr. Peter Jumars takes us to the world of organisms smaller even than the zooplankton mentioned in Dr.Jeannette Yen’s discussion of copepods and the cosmos. In this webinar, we learn what an osmotroph is and what they have in common with something familiar to all of us: our gut! Through the use of beautifully rendered video simulations, Dr. Jumars demonstrates to viewers how turbulence shifts advantage for the tiniest primary producers of the sea: diatoms and dinoflagellates. A mix of biology and physics, this webinar will bring you into the turbulent ocean world.

    This webinar series was supported by the National Science Foundation grant #OCE-0724744 “CMG Collaborative Research:  Interactions of Phytoplankton with Dissipative Vortices.” PI: P. Jumars, Co-PI: Karp-Boss.

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Turbulence Webinar Series

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From "white-knuckle" plane flights to the soothing swirl of cream in your coffee, turbulence is an ever-present part of our daily lives. But how much do you know about it? Join us as we feature three eminent scientists who study this amazing phenomenon……


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From "white-knuckle" plane flights to the soothing swirl of cream in your coffee, turbulence is an ever-present part of our daily lives. But how much do you know about it? Join us as we feature three eminent scientists who study this amazing phenomenon… all from the comfort of your own home or office.

Designed for physics, math and science educators, these webinars will contain information on the physics of turbulence as well as its effect on life. Each webinar will feature an interactive concept map filled with resources for use in the classroom, including videos, images and other resources.

This three-part series will focus on several different topics:

The fundamentals of turbulence and why it is important
The effect of turbulence at different scales (and on different organisms)
Living with turbulence as a microscopic organism

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