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Scott A. Socolofsky
Scott A. Socolofsky
(979) 845-4517

Texas A&M University, Zachry Engineering Centre 
3136 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3136


Scott A. Socolofsky

Physical Oceanography: turbulence, mixing, inlet dynamics, deep ocean multiphase plumes

Research Interests

My research is in the broad area of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, with emphasis on laboratory experiments and data analysis to elucidate mixing mechanisms by turbulence and coherent structures. Current research projects study turbulent mixing processes in three contexts: (1) multiphase plumes, (2) shallow tidal inlets, and (3) coastal wetlands. See the Research pages for more details.


Environmental Fluid Mechanics, multiphase flow, direct ocean carbon sequestration, reservoir management, stratified fluids, shallow flow stability, shallow starting jet vortices, tidal inlet mixing, wetland hydrodynamics, aquatic vegetation.


Work related to the Deepwater Horizon (see also Announcements below) is summarized in the linked AGU Ocean Sciences Poster and Plume Animation.

Abstracts of Current Projects:

(For a full listing of projects, visit my Projects.)

Multiphase plumes

Mixing at Tidal Inlets

Coastal Wetlands

Selected Publications

  1. Henriksen, J., Randall, R. & Socolofsky, S. A., Near-field model for a cutter suction dredge," J. Waterway, Port, Coastal, and Ocean Eng., In press.
  2. Bryant, D. B., Whilden, K. A., Socolofsky, S. A. & Chang, K.-A. (2012), "Formation of tidal starting-jet vortices through idealized barotropic inlets with finite length," J. Environ. Fluid Mech., doi: DOI 10.1007/s10652-012-9237-4.
  3. Socolofsky, S. A., Adams, E. E. & Sherwood, C. R. (2011), "Formation dynamics of subsurface hydrocarbon intrusions following the Deepwater Horizon blowout," Geophys. Res. Letters, 38, L09602, doi:10.1029/2011GL047174.
  4. Seol, D.-G., Bryant, D. B. & Socolofsky, S. A. (2009), "Measurement of behavioral properties of entrained ambient water in a stratified bubble plume," J. Hydraulic Eng., 135:11, 983-988.
  5. Bryant, D. B., Seol, D.-G. & Socolofsky, S. A. (2009), "Quantification of turbulence properties in bubble plumes using vortex identification methods." Phys. Fluids, 21, 075101, doi: 10.1063/1.317646.
  6. Nicolau del Roure, F., Socolofsky, S. A., & Chang, K.-A. (2009), "Structure and evolution of tidal starting jet vorties at idealized barotropic inlets." J. Geophys. Res., 114, C05024, doi: 10.1029/2008\-JC004997.
  7. Choi, J., Olivera, F., & Socolofsky, S. A. (2009), "Storm identification and tracking algorithm for modeling of rainfall fields using 1-h NEXRAD rainfall data in Texas," J. Hydrologic Eng., 14:7, 721-730.
  8. Kim, D.-H., Lynett, P. J. & Socolofsky, S. A. (2009), "A depth-integrated model for weakly dispersive, turbulent, and rotational fluid flows," Ocean Modelling, 27:3-4, 198-214.
  9. Negretti, M. E., Socolofsky, S. A. and Jirka, G. H. (2008), "Linear stability analysis of inclined two-layer stratified flows," Phys. Fluids, 20, paper 094104, 8 pages.
  10. Socolofsky, S. A. and Bhaumik, T. (2008), "Dissolution of direct ocean carbon sequestration plumes using an integral model approach," J. Hydraulic Eng., 134:11, 1570-1578.
  11. Choi, J., Socolofsky, S. A. & Olivera, F. (2008), "Hourly disaggregation of daily rainfall in Texas using measured hourly precipitation at other locations," J. Hydrologic Eng., 13:6, 476-487.
  12. Seol, D.-G. and Socolofsky, S. A. (2008). "Vector post-processing algorithm for phase discrimination of two-phase PIV." Experiments in Fluids, 45(2): 223-239.
  13. Socolofsky, S. A., Bhaumik, T., and Seol, D.-G. (2008). "Double-plume integral models for near-field mixing in multiphase plumes." Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 134(6): 772-783.
  14. Weitbrecht, V., Socolofsky, S. A., and Jirka, G. H. (2008). "Experiments on mass exchange between groin fields and the main stream in rivers." Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 134(2), 173-183. Awarded the Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulics Prize for best paper appearing in the journal that year. 
  15. Seol, D.-G., Bhaumik, T., Bergmann, C., and Socolofsky, S. A. (2007). "Particle image velocimetry measurements of the mean flow characteristics in a bubble plume." Journal of Engineering Mechanics, 133(6), 665-676.
  16. Socolofsky, S. A., and Adams, E. E. (2005). "Role of slip velocity in the behavior of stratified multiphase plumes." Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 131(4), 273-282.
  17. Negretti, M. E., Socolofsky, S. A., Rummel, A. C., and Jirka, G. H. (2005). "Stabilization of cylinder wakes in shallow water flows by means of roughness elements: an experimental study." Experiments in Fluids, 38(4), 403-414.
  18. Rummel, A. C., Socolofsky, S. A., von Carmer, C. F., and Jirka, G. H. (2005). "Enhanced diffusion from a continuous point source in shallow free-surface flow with grid turbulence." Physics of Fluids, 17(7), Art. No. 075105.
  19. Socolofsky, S. A., and Jirka, G. H. (2004). "Large-scale flow structures and stability in shallow flows." Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 3(5), 451-462.
  20. Socolofsky, S. A., and Adams, E. E. (2003). "Liquid volume fluxes in stratified multiphase plumes." Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, 129(11), 905-914.
  21. Socolofsky, S. A., and Adams, E. E. (2002). "Multi-phase plumes in uniform and stratified crossflow." Journal of Hydraulic Research, 40(6), 661-672.
  22. Socolofsky, S. A., Adams, E., and Entekhabi, D. (2001). "Disaggregation of daily rainfall for continuous watershed modeling." Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 6(4), 300-309.


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Professional Consulting

I have served as a peer-review consultant for the Supreme Council for the Environment and Natural Reserves in Doha, QatarChevron Petroleum Technology Company, and ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company.

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