In the News: Spencer Dam Failure

Early in the morning on March 14, 2019, the 92-year-old Spencer Dam located on the Niobrara River in Nebraska failed due to a combination of ice accumulation and high flows. The failure resulted in destructive flooding downstream, resulting in loss of life and property in an area where such events are extremely rare. Buildings and…

In the News: Lake Michigan Freezes

In case you are lucky enough to be missing the recent cold snap that has passed the US by, here is some “cool” time-lapse footage of the impact of wind and cold weather on Lake Michigan. Time-lapse photography of ice flow evolution such as this provide important insights into the physical world that we often…

In the News: Taylor Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

The United States is quickly becoming the world’s largest oil producer, a significant component of this increased production capacity is related to an expansion of offshore oil drilling. Offshore oil drilling has always been an environmentally risky process. The potential for catastrophic failures was most visible during the 2010 Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill in…

Industrialization’s Effect on the Yellow Sea

BACK Industrialization’s Effect on the Yellow Sea Blog Morning on the Yellow Sea The Asian continent is home to many unique bodies of water that draw intrigue from tourists and travelers around the world. From the waters of the Caspian (the world’s largest landlocked body of water and premier global source of Beluga caviar) to…

Lake Ontario Water Level

BACK Lake Ontario Water Level Blog What is causing high water levels on Lake Ontario? What does a completely encased ice house have in common with rising lake levels? They are both phenomenon happening at Lake Ontario, one of the five Great Lakes along the border between the United States and Canada. Lake Ontario, 14th…

Han River Development

BACK Han River Development Blog   There’s no doubt the waterways of Europe are tourist attractions in themselves, drawing millions to stroll the banks of the River Thames in London and the River Seine in Paris every year. Similarly, South Korea’s Han River serves as a centerpiece for the city of Seoul and its citizens,…

The History of Hydrodynamic Studies

BACK The History of Hydrodynamic Studies Blog This is the first in a three-part blog series that provides an introduction to hydrodynamic modeling, an overview of how models work, and, finally, an exploration of their many applications. Let’s start with the history of hydrodynamic studies. As you know, hydrodynamics studies the motion of fluids, particularly…