ITaP, faculty partnership looks at Lake Michigan in depth -- without anybody getting wet
January 27, 2011
ITaP data visualization specialists are helping provide some illuminating 3-D animations of environmental fluid mechanics processes affecting the Great Lakes.
Civil engineering Professor Cary Troy models hydrodynamic flow in Lake Michigan and collects field data using an array of instruments, including an autonomous robotic mini submarine. The computer model Troy uses covers not only lake flow but factors playing into it, such as meteorological conditions, wind and solar radiation. It simulates the action horizontally and vertically, deep below the lake's surface.