My research interests primarily reside in the field of computational fluid dynamics, where I develop advanced numerical modelling techniques to better understand fascinating geophysical and aeronautical flow phenomena. I am a core developer of Fluidity (a computational fluid dynamics framework featuring adaptive unstructured mesh capabilities) which I use to simulate explosive volcanic eruptions and understand the subsequent formation of ash plumes. More recently, I have worked on the OPESCI project to develop a high-order discontinuous finite element-based code for elastic wave modelling.
I also have an interest in research data management, particularly the issues surrounding reproducibility and data provenance in scientific computing. I am the lead developer of the PyRDM and Git-RDM projects which assist researchers in publishing their software source code and data to online, persistent and citable repositories.
In addition to research, I also have a passion for teaching. I regularly deliver computing and mathematics-based courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am also a certified Software Carpentry Instructor, an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a STEMNET Ambassador.
On the recreational side of things, I have a strong interest in amateur radio (also known as ham radio). I have been licensed since 2012 and currently hold the callsign 2E0ICL.
You can contact me by email at C.T.Jacobs@soton.ac.uk, or by post:
Dr Christian Jacobs,
Aerodynamics and Flight Mechanics Research Group,
Building 13 (Tizard),
University of Southampton,