The Mesoscale Transport and Flux Facility (MTaFF) is a center of Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and partnering universities focused on transport and flux of natural and anthropogenic constituents in water, soil and air. These resources will also focus on chemical and biological transformations that affect fate and transport of these constituents within an environmental compartment and flux between compartments. MTaFF will serve as a resource for SRNL and university partners in fostering collaborations in an effort to increase the probability of securing funding from a broad range of sources.
Savannah River National Laboratory chairs an MTaFF Board consisting of members from the Department of Energy (DOE), SRNL, and university partners. The MTaFF Board provides oversight and support of the MTaFF and meets quarterly to discuss ongoing and new efforts, as well as emergent funding opportunities that the MTaFF can support through its facilities and resources. University partners include Clemson University, Georgia Tech, South Carolina State University, University of Georgia, and University of South Carolina Aiken.
Goals of the MTaFF include:
- Fostering collaboration between SRNL and university partners in areas of environmental, clean energy, and national security research.
- Providing access to facilities that help transition from laboratory to field research, including deployment of technologies.
- Providing mobile monitoring equipment, laboratories and capabilities to support field-scale research at remote sites across the DOE complex, or other environments of interest for advancement of transport and flux research.
- Providing access to extensive historical databases, reaching back 50 years, including GPS importable environmental groundwater and soil monitoring data, groundwater and surface-water level data, and aerial imaging. Related, there are archives of several hundred well-borehole soil cores that can provide additional historical perspective related to natural and anthropogenic fluxes of constituents.
- Facilitating access to mesoscale research support facilities for organizations that may not have access to these resources.
- Driving interaction between undergraduate, graduate students and postdocs with SRNL/university scientists and engineers.
- Fostering organizational transfer of technical information through virtual seminars and in person meetings.
Contact SRNL MTAFF Chair Brady Lee at email@example.com or on 803-989-6087.