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Dr Liora Malki-Epshtein
  • Lecturer
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Liora Malki-Epshtein is a lecturer in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, who applies expertise in Fluid Mechanics to problems at the interface between the human and the natural environment, via interdisciplinary collaborations with Architects, Civil and Mechanical Engineers and Mathematicians, using laboratory, numerical and field monitoring techniques. She holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Cambridge University, on Growth and Structure of Double Diffusive Intrusions (2005), where her studies were supported by a full scholarship from Trinity College and a fellowship of the Cambridge Overseas Society. She joined the department's Fluids and Environmental groups in Jan 2005.

Since joining UCL she has developed new areas of research for her department: modelling and monitoring street level pollution and street canyon ventilation, flushing Ballast water tanks, sustainable energy water and food generation. Liora has set up a group with three PhD students working on these problems. She has been awarded DTA funding for investigation of airflow and pollution around trees in the urban environment, funding for an EngD studentship on climate modelling of Seawater Greenhouses, seed funding for a study on Low-energy ventilation for buildings with multiple connected spaces, 2.5K, University of London, and seed funding from UCL's Bridging the Gaps program, 4K, to work with Serge Guillas from UCL Department of Statistical Science on Novel approaches to street-scale pollution dispersion modelling.

Liora started her career as a lecturer in Planetary and Atmospheric Sciences at the Public Astronomical Observatory in Israel, with a BSc in Physics and Planetary Sciences and an MSc in Atmospheric Sciences from Tel Aviv University. Her academic interests have varied throughout her career, taking her across disciplines, from large scale Planetary physics, to dynamics of the Earth Atmosphere and Oceans, and to the scale of Environmental Fluid Flows in cities **or** lakes **or** even buildings. She has enjoyed travelling, hiking and cycling and has backpacked through South America. She has now settled down in London with her husband and three-year old son.

Other Activities

Study Abroad and International affiliate students co-tutor
Academic Board
Committee for Equal Opportunities

Research Summary
Research interests:
The interaction of urban pollution with trees in Northern climate cities
Urban pollution generated by traffic in street canyons
Renewable energy and desalination by solar power, solar ponds.
Ballast water and the destruction of non-indigenous species
Double-diffusion of heat and salt in oceans, lakes, estuaries and around coastal regions and icebergs
Ventilation of systems of multiple-connected spaces for removal of airborne particles and diseases
Teaching Summary
Current Teaching:
Second year Mechanisms: Fluid Mechanics
Year 2 Scenario 4, "Building reservoirs for the future"
Supervision, third year research projects and fourth year MEng projects
Tutoring, first year students, affiliate students
01-JAN-2005 Lecturer Civil, Envrionmental and Geomatic Engineering University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2004 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Geophysics University of Cambridge
2000 MSc Master of Science – Atmospheric Sciences Tel-Aviv University
1998 BSc Bachelor of Science – Planetary Science Tel-Aviv University
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