River Basin Development

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.

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:

Water availability, excess and scarcity

Natural environment

Sustainable water infrastructures

Mapping and remote sensing

MSc programme

Click here for more information on IHE Delft Master of Science in Water Science and Engineering, specialization in Hydraulic Engineering and River Basin Development.

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IHE Delft was involved in the preparation of the position paper on Water, Energy, Food and Ecosystem Nexus, including Mario J. Franca, Capucine Dupont and Marence Miro who contributed to the SDGs Position Paper. 
 
Professor Mario J. Franca will deliver his Inaugural Address as Professor of Hydraulic Engineering for River Basin Development at IHE Delft and TU Delft, on 12th July 2019, 16.00 hours. The Address will be preceded by a Micro-Symposium and followed by a reception and it will be held at IHE Delft. Registration required before 28 June 2019. For more information click here.
 
Alessandra Crosato offered an invited keynote lecture entitled: “River channel formation and response to variations in discharge, sediment and vegetation” at the XXXVIII International School of Hydraulics, 21-24 May 2019, Lack, Poland. More information here.
 

Sustainable water storage to meet water, food and energy development goals - Africa 2019
From 2 to 4 April, IHE Delft was present at AFRICA 2019 - Hydropower and Dams Conference. IHE Delft organised and hosted a session on “Sustainable water storage to meet water, food and energy development goals”. The session was chaired by Miroslav Marence and Luca Ferrini (GIZ Niger). The conference session was promoted within the framework of a thematic research programme on Sustainable Hydropower and Multipurpose Storage to meet Water, Food, and Energy Development Goals: A Program for Collaborative Research and Innovation, supported by the Programmatic Cooperation between the Directorate-General for International Cooperation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IHE Delft in the period 2016 – 2020. Read more about the outcomes here.

Drones in Hydraulic Engineering and Hydro-Environmental Studies
IHE Delft has a more than 5 year experience in the use of drones for various applications in the hydro-environmental application and IAHR is the leading professional association in this sector. This Special Issue of the IAHR magazine Hydrolink showcases the application of drones in a variety of case studies. Linked to this is the imminent creation of a Working Group on the use of drones in hydro-environment research, under the auspices of IAHR and IHE. If you are interested in knowing more or in taking part in the WG, please contact Dr Paolo Paron at p.paron@un-ihe.org
 

    Short courses

    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:

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