JOSEPH F. ATKINSON

Professor
Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
University at Buffalo
Phone: (716) 645-2088 ext. 2325
Fax: (716) 645-3667
E-mail: atkinson@eng.buffalo.edu


Joseph Atkinson is currently Professor of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, Head of the Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory, and Director of the Great Lakes Program at the  University at Buffalo. He obtained his B.S. in an independent program of studies at Harvey Mudd College in 1973, his M.Eng. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University in 1979 and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985. He was also a graduate fellow at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in 1979 - 1980 and a visiting professor there in 1991 - 1992 and again in 1999-2000. Dr. Atkinson teaches undergraduate courses in fluid mechanics, hydraulic and hydrologic engineering, and numerical programming for engineers, and graduate courses in environmental fluid mechanics and water quality modeling. His research interests are in the areas of environmental fluid mechanics and water quality modeling, including the fate and transport of pollutants in surface waters, sediment transport, particle aggregation, turbulence and mixing processes in stratified fluids, rotating stratified flows, and integration of mathematical simulation models with geographic information systems (GIS). His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, New York Sea Grant, New York Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and several private firms.


Selected Recent Publications

Chakraborti, R.K., Gardner, K.H., Atkinson, J.F. and Van Benschoten, J.E. (2003), “Changes in Fractal Dimensions During Aggregation”, Water Research 37 (4): 873-883.

Atkinson, Joseph F. (2002), “Water Resources Issues of the Laurentian Great Lakes”, in Water Resources Quality, ed. H. Rubin, P. Nachtnebel, J. Furst, and U. Shamir, Springer, Berlin.

Abrahams, A.D., Li, Gary, Krishnan, Chitra and Atkinson, J.F. (2001), “A Sediment Transport Equation for Interrill Overland Flow on Rough Surfaces”, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 26: 1443-1459.

Hosoyamada, Tokuzo and Atkinson, J.F. (2001), “Numerical Simulation of Density Driven Currents and Suspended Sediment at a River Estuary”, Japan Society of Civil Engineers 45: 955-960 (in Japanese).

Rubin, H. and Atkinson, J.F. (2001), Environmental Fluid Mechanics (textbook), Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York.

Abrahams, A.D., Li, Gary, Krishnan, Chitra and Atkinson, J.F. (2001), “A Sediment Transport Equation for Interrill Overland Flow on Rough Surfaces”, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 26:1443-1459.

Atkinson, J.F., Abrahams, A.D., Krishnan, C. and Li, G. (2000), “Shear Stress Partitioning and Sediment Transport by Overland Flow”, Journal of Hydraulic Research 38(1):37-40.

Chakraborti, R.K., Atkinson, J.F. and Van Benschoten, J.E. (2000), “Characterization of Alum Floc by Image Processing”, Environmental Science and Technology 34(18):3969-3976.

Lin, G. and Atkinson, J.F. (2000), “Coriolis Effects on Turbulence Structures in Free Surface Jets”, Dynamics of Atmospheres and Oceans 31:247-269.

Lin, G. and Atkinson, J.F. (2000), “A Mechanism for Offshore Transport Across the Gulf Stream”, " Journal of Physical Oceanography 30(1):225-232.

Atkinson, Joseph F., Sunil K. Gupta, Joseph V. DePinto and Ralph R. Rumer (1998), “Linking Hydrodynamic and Water Quality Models with Different Scales”, Journal of Environmental Engineering 124: 399-408.

Cheng, Chen-Yu, J.F. Atkinson and Marcus I. Bursik (1997), “Direct Measurement of Turbulence in a Mixing Jar Using PIV”, Journal of Environmental Engineering 123 (2), 115-125.

Cheng, Chen-Yu, Joseph F. Atkinson and Joseph V. DePinto (1995), "Desorption During Resuspension Events: Kinetic vs. Equilibrium Model", Marine and Freshwater Research 46(1), 251-256.

Atkinson, J.F., G. Lin and M. Joshi (1994), "Physical Model of Niagara River Plume", Journal of Great Lakes Research 20(3), 583-589.

Hoyal, D., J.F. Atkinson, S.W. Taylor and J.V. DePinto (1995), "The Effect of Turbulence on Sedimentation: Transition from Gravitational Settling to Turbulent Diffusion", Journal of Hydraulic Research 33(3), 349-360.

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