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Faculty of Mathematics



  • 1989- Professor of Theoretical Geophysics, University of Cambridge
  • 1970- Fellow, King's College, Cambridge
  • 1988-1989 Reader in Geophysical Dynamics
  • 1981-1988 University Lecturer
  • 1970-1981 Assistant Director of Research in DAMTP, Cambridge
  • 1968-1969 ICI Research Fellow at Cambridge University

At various times visiting scientist at the Australian National University, University of California at San Diego, Canterbury University, Caltech, MIT, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney, Tata Institute at Mumbai, University of Western Australia, the Weizmann Institute and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.


  • Carbon dioxide sequestration
  • The flow of granular media
  • Constrained lava flows
  • Exchange flows
  • The fluid mechanics of solidification
  • The sinking of pumice

Selected Publications

  • Huppert, H.E. (2000) "Geological fluid mechanics". In: Perspectives in Fluid Dynamics: A Collective Introduction to Current Research", eds. G. K. Batchelor, H.K. Moffatt and M.G. Worster. Cambridge University Press, pp. 447-506.
  • Huppert, H.E. (2000) "George Keith Batchelor". J. Fluid Mech. 421, 1-14.
  • Huppert, H.E. and Woods, A.W. (2002) "The role of volatiles in magma chamber dynamics", Nature 420, 493-495.
  • Lube, G., Huppert, H.E., Sparks, R.S.J and Hallworth, M.A. (2004) "Axisymmetric collapses of granular columns", J. Fluid Mech. 508, 175-199.
  • Lyle, S., Huppert, H.E., Hallworth, M.A. and Chadwick, A. (2005) "Axisymmetric gravity currents in a porous medium", J. Fluid Mech. 543, 293-302.
  • Huppert, H.E. (2006) "Gravity currents: a personal perspective", J. Fluid Mech. 554, 299-322.
  • Huppert, H.E. and Sparks, R.S.J. (2006) "Extreme Natural Hazards: population growth, globalisation and environmental change", Phil.Trans. R. Soc. A 364, 1875-1888.
  • Peppin, S.S.L., Aussillous, P., Huppert, H.E. and Worster, M.G. (2007) "Steady-state mushy layers: experiments and theory", J. Fluid Mech 570, 69-77.
  • Huppert, H.E. and Hallworth, M.A. (2007) "Bi-directional flows in constrained systems", J. Fluid Mech. 578, 95-112.
  • Bickle, M. Chadwick, A., Huppert, H.E., Hallworth, M.A. and Lyle, S. (2007) "Modelling carbon dioxide accumulation at Sleipner: Implications for underground carbon storage", Earth Planet.Sci.Lett. 255, 164-176.
  • Peppin, S.S.L., Huppert, H.E. and Worster, M.G. (2008) "Steady-state solidification of aqueous ammonium chloride", J. Fluid Mech. 599, 465-476.


Flow of buoyant granular materials along a free surface
Z Zheng, HE Huppert, NM Vriend, JA Neufeld, PF Linden
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
The relaxation time for viscous and porous gravity currents following a change in flux
TV Ball, HE Huppert, JR Lister, JA Neufeld
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Stratified gravity currents in porous media
SS Pegler, HE Huppert, JA Neufeld
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Inclined gravity currents filling basins: The influence of Reynolds number on entrainment into gravity currents
CAR Hogg, SB Dalziel, HE Huppert, J Imberger
– Physics of Fluids
Fluid invasion of an unsaturated leaky porous layer
SS Pegler, EL Bain, HE Huppert, JA Neufeld
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Modelling intrusions through quiescent and moving ambients
CG Johnson, AJ Hogg, HE Huppert, RSJ Sparks, JC Phillips, AC Slim, MJ Woodhouse
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Fluid migration between confined aquifers
SS Pegler, HE Huppert, JA Neufeld
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Capillary pinning and blunting of immiscible gravity currents in porous media
B Zhao, CW MacMinn, HE Huppert, R Juanes
– Water Resources Research
Instability of a gravity current within a soap film
RE Goldstein, HE Huppert, HK Moffatt, AI Pesci
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
Fluid injection into a confined porous layer
SS Pegler, HE Huppert, JA Neufeld
– Journal of Fluid Mechanics
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Research Group

Theoretical Geophysics