Research Topics

Two men working on fishing net.
Outreach and Engagement
A $5 million gift will enable UNH to dive deeper into the study of sustainable seafood and aquaculture on that global scale. The gift, made through the Emily Landecker Foundation, will create a Sustainable Seafood Laboratory and transform UNH’s ability to answer significant questions in the areas of natural fisheries and aquaculture systems.
Sustainable Seafood team standing on the beach.
Outreach and Engagement
David Fredriksson has been selected to lead the new UNH Sustainable Seafood Center — a hub at the nexus of food security, climate change adaptation and ecological protection. He joins an already robust team of UNH faculty and staff who are committed to finding solutions to these pressing challenges.
Floating aquaculture raft with two workers and boat.
Outreach and Engagement
Thanks to a $5 million gift, the University of New Hampshire will transform and expand its existing open ocean aquaculture site into the UNH Sustainable Seafood Field Laboratory. This first-of-its-kind field lab will provide the critical data needed to monitor local environment conditions and the aquaculture system’s impact on natural fisheries.
Wind Energy Turbine
Center for Ocean Renewable Energy
Wind turbines operating in the wake of upstream turbines experience power losses due to wake effects. Upwind turbines can intentionally be yawed to deflect the wakes to increase the power output of the downstream turbines, which may increase the overall power production of a wind farm.
Wind Tunnel
Center for Ocean Renewable Energy
Wind turbine arrays of up to 100 model wind turbines are studied experimentally in the UNH Flow Physics Facility (FPF), a large flow-physics-quality boundary layer wind tunnel with test section dimensions of 6 m wide, 2.7 m tall and 72 m long.
Wind Turbine Wake Studies
Center for Ocean Renewable Energy
The development of the turbulent wakes generated by two 1 m diameter turbine models were studied in the UNH Flow Physics Facility [link], which provides a unique test environment due to its large size. Individual model wind turbines scale can be studied with minimal blockage effects and facilitate access to wind turbine wake physics at meaningful Reynolds numbers, provide reference data sets for numerical model validation or the development of wind farm control algorithms.
Juvenile Wolffish
Judd Gregg Marine Research Complex
Estuaries are essential habit for juvenile winter flounder. UNH researchers are working to determine which estuaries are most productive so that they can be protected better to insure successful winter flounder recruitment.