Faculty Profile

Oliver Bühler

Professor of Mathematics and Atmosphere/Ocean Science
Warren Weaver Hall, Office 1013


Ph.D., Applied Mathematics, University of Cambridge, England, 1996.
M.S., Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan, USA, 1990.
B.S., Physical Engineering, Technical University in Berlin, Germany, 1988.

Research Interests

My research field is theoretical fluid dynamics and especially the application of asymptotic methods to atmosphere and ocean fluid dynamics. These fluid systems are characterized by a vast range of interacting dynamical processes, and mathematical theory plays a crucial role in helping to understand the behaviour of these systems over the long time scales that are relevant to climate dynamics. I find the nonlinear interplay between waves and vortices particularly interesting, so much so that I wrote a book on the topic. Fluid dynamics comprises many mathematical ideas that are also useful in other fields such as quantum mechanics or the study of random processes such as continuous particle diffusion, and I am interested in these fields as well.

Selected Publications

Bühler, Oliver, Waves and Mean Flows, 2nd Ed. (Cambridge University Press, 2014)
Y. Guo and O. Bühler, "Wave-vortex interactions in the nonlinear Schrodinger equation", Physics of Fluids 26, 027105 (2014)
O. Bühler, N. Grisouard, M. Holmes-Cerfon, "Strong particle dispersion by weakly dissipative random internal waves", Journal of Fluid Mechanics 719, R4 (2013)