Climate & Fluid Physics (CFP) Laboratory

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The Climate & Fluid Physics Laboratory is a purpose-built 400 sq. m laboratory for experimental fluid dynamics. This laboratory is designed for studies of fluid flow processes relevant to Earth's climate. The CFP lab includes:

  • well-controlled temperature isolation room (stable at temperatures between 5 and 30°C), which is used in studies of solidification, melting, convection, and radiation,
  • two precision rotating tables (designed at ANU) for the simulation of Coriolis effects due to planetary rotation (rotation rates from 0.001 to 10 rad/s) and associated flow diagnostic capabilities,
  • facilities for controlled experiments on evaporation including the measurement of short- and longwave radiation and surface temperature,
  • fluid tanks of a range of sizes and aspects, and a range of imaging capabilites to mixing, waves, plumes and other climate phenomena.


Laboratory Manager: Angus Rummery

Academic Operations: Kial Stewart

Academic Supervisor: Callum Shakespeare

Using the CFP laboratory

Allocation of space and time in the CFP laboratory is determined in consultation with all users of the laboratory. The laboratory is also used for undergraduate teaching. Internal ANU and external users are allocated space and facilities to the extent possible.


Callum Shakespeare

Pricing structure

Daily cost (with technical support): $600 per day (academic use)

Daily cost (commercial use): $1600 per day

Minimum charge 2 days usage (includes safety induction and laboratory orientation).

Ongoing academic work (without technical support) is not charged.