Our research focuses on the balance of key elements of a river basin such as water and sediment, which implies the interaction of these with climate, geomorphology, the biosphere and human made constructions. The equilibrium (or availability); the excess and the scarcity of these natural elements are decisive for the safety of society, access to food, energy production and the environment. The River Basin Development chair group investigates processes in the natural and built environment which are determinant for the design and planning of sustainable water infrastructures prepared for global change.
The four main lines of research of the chair group are:
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Kick-off meeting of HYPOSO
River Basin Development participates in HYPOSO (H2020 project). The HYPOSO project aims at supporting the European hydropower industry while at the same time fostering a sustainable development in selected target countries in Africa and Latin America. Thirteen project partners from Europe, Africa and Latin America work together to achieve the objectives such as: policy recommendation, improvement of investment conditions in the target countries and increase of renewable energy share in the targeted regions.
ALPHEUS (Augmenting grid stability through Low Head Pumped Hydro Energy Utilization and Storage)
Miroslave Marence and two other colleagues from River Basin Development participate in ALPHEUS (Augmenting grid stability through Low Head Pumped Hydro Energy Utilization and Storage). The project aims to solve inconveniences of Reversible Pump-Turbine (RPT) technology for low heads, which impede application in low-land areas, such as the Netherlands or many Asian zones and small islands. ALPHAEUS covers all technical aspects, including engineers and scientists experts in: civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and fish ecology.
Dr. Paolo Paron delivered a hands-on training on drones at the Bahir Dar Institute of Technology (Ethiopia)
The training had 10 participants ranging from the Dean of the Faculty of Civil and Water Engineering to PhD and BSc students. The Faculty had received a drone from the Ethiopian Diaspora in the Netherlands (https://bit.bdu.edu.et/drone). During the training potential uses were discussed, including: water resource assessment, soil erosion quantification and monitoring, geological applications, groundwater studies for the identification of springs in rivers and lakes, and land cover and precision agriculture.
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The River Basin Development chair group offers the following short courses to water professionals, engineers and managers to deepen their knowledge in crucial water related issues, such as:
Lecturer/Researcher in River Engineering
Associate Professor of River Morphology and River Engineering
Professor of Hydraulic Engineering for River Basin Development
Associate Professor of Storage and Hydropower
Emeritus Professor in Hydraulic Engineering
Senior Lecturer in Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development
Lecturer/Researcher in Hydraulic Engineering
Associate Professor of Hydraulic Engineering