The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics 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 both solid earth geological processes and ocean-atmosphere dynamics. It includes a well-controlled temperature isolation room (stable at temperatures between 5 and 30°C), which is used in studies of solidification, melting, convection or flows having temperature-dependent viscosity. There are also 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).
Allocation of space and time in the GFD 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.