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21 October 2021  


Dr James Herterich

Dr James Herterich

Dr James Herterich


Dr James Herterich was awarded an NUI Grant for Early Career Academics in 2020.
James is an applied mathematician at University College Dublin. His research goals focus on geophysical, oceanographic, and industrial problems. He uses mathematical modelling and scientific computing for problems in the natural world involving ocean waves, liquid flow, fluid-structure interaction, and transport of matter. James is a graduate of University College Dublin and Oxford University. He has worked as a postdoctoral research associate at University College Dublin, and held a short-term JSPS Fellowship at Kyoto University before taking his current position at University College Dublin. James is a member of the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the Earth Institute.

Project supported by the NUI Grant Scheme:

Challenges in geoscience require interdisciplinary collaboration. Consider the topic of coastal boulder deposits, formed by overtopping storm and tsunami waves that impact and transport large (100+ tonne) boulders. A high-energy coastline during a storm presents dangerous conditions and poor visibility due to whitewater and spray. Models of the system are based on simple mechanics, but are complicated to simulate due to a lack of understanding of the fluid-structure interaction. Fundamental physical parameters in forces such as drag, lift, and friction are known to be poorly estimated. With this award, we - applied mathematicians, engineers, and geoscientists - combine our expertise to understand this process in a realistic setting via developing statistical models that combine physical modelling and real field data to determine the physical parameters.