Guha, Anirban


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I am a curiosity-driven researcher working on a wide range of fluid dynamics problems, specifically those related to environmental and geophysical flows. My overarching research goal is to formulate reduced-order/minimal models of complex flow problems. My current research work focuses on:

a) Density stratified flows (specifically, oceans): Stratified shear instabilities, internal gravity waves, submarine topography's role in internal wave propagation, and ocean mixing.

b) Surface waves: Wave-current-topography interactions in coastal oceans and how these influence cross-shelf tracer transport, fluid analog of black/white holes and Hawking radiation.

c) Vortex dynamics for problems ranging from vortices in planetary atmospheres to vortices shed by fishes and flapping foils.

d) Collective behavior: fish-school patterns and their energetic benefits.

e) Inverse problems in oceanography: Mapping sea-floor topography from information available at the ocean surface.

While theoretical analysis is my key focus, my group has developed multiple, process-oriented in-house codes (e.g. vortex methods, high-order spectral, finite-difference Boussinesq NSE solver in terrain-following coordinates) for conducting numerical experiments. My work has applications in ocean mixing, wave energy harvesting, off-shore structure protection, ocean pollution mitigation, and turbulence control.


  • Sep 2019 - Present: Lecturer of Environmental Fluid Mechanics, School of Science and Engineering, University of Dundee, UK.

  • Feb 2019 - July 2019: Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Institute of Coastal Research, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany.

  • Dec 2014 - Jan 2019: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India.

  • Nov 2013 - Dec 2014: Postdoc, Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, UCLA, USA.

  • July 2013 - Oct 2013: David Crighton Fellow, Dept. of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK.

  • June 2013: PhD, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

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 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia

Award Date: 27 Nov 2013

External positions

Humboldt Fellow, Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon

1 Feb 201931 Jul 2019

Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

22 Dec 201431 Jan 2019


  • QC Physics
  • TC Hydraulic engineering. Ocean engineering
  • GC Oceanography


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