Robert Long

Robert Long


I graduated from Coventry University with a BSc in Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. My final year project involved the development and numerical simulations of a generalised shallow water model for rotating flows with a turbulent Ekman layer.

Project title : 'A two-dimensional model for Oceanic and Atmospheric flows with a turbulent Ekman layer'

I am now a member of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Fluid Dynamics here at Leeds. During the first year of the course my MSc project involved the development and numerical modelling of a flood demonstration model - 'Wetropolis'.

Research interests

Convection within the Earth’s fluid core generates the planetary magnetic field. Seismic, geomagnetic, and geodynamic observations indicate that lateral variations in heat flow are present at the core-mantle boundary, these heterogeneous boundary conditions at the top of the core can significantly reorganise the pattern of convection. My work uses the Leeds Spherical Dynamo code to investigate the fundamental fluid dynamic mechanisms of hydrodynamic rotating convection. We have performed a systematic parameter study varying the control parameters representing the strength of rotation (Ekman number) and buoyancy (Rayleigh number) allowing us to developing scaling laws describing the flow properties and heat transfer. By correlating the observed changes in scaling behaviour we have constructed a regime diagram which allows us to specifically choose parameter values for future runs to investigate the dynamics most relevant to Earths core.


  • MSc Fluid Dynamics
  • BSc Hons Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Coventry University

Research groups and institutes

  • Deep Earth
  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics
  • Planetary Exploration