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Gregory Lane-Serff, BA, PhD


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Gregory read Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, specialising in applied mathematics and fluid dynamics. He was awarded a BA in 1984 and a PhD in 1990 (working on heat flow and air movement in buildings). He remained in Cambridge University, with a research fellowship from NERC working on the structure of buoyant jets and plumes. From 1991 - 1999 he was a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the School of Ocean and Earth Science (formerly Department of Oceanography), Southampton Oceanography Centre, University of Southampton; where he worked on flow through straits and density currents. Gregory joined UMIST in January 2000.

Research interests

  • Buildings: natural ventilation of buildings
  • Oceanography: straits, overflows, turbidity currents, hydrothermal plumes, marine outfalls
  • Paleoceanography: response of ocean flows to changes in sea-level and climate
  • Basic fluid dynamics: gravity currents, plumes, sediment, hydraulic control, rotation
  • Methods: laboratory and mathematical modelling, field observations and numerical models

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Manchester Environmental Research Institute


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