River Basin Development online seminars

Online seminar: Interaction between flow, sediment, and wood in rivers

  • 11 Dec 2020
  • 13:30 - 14:30
Online (Central European Time)

This webinar is part of the River Basin Development online seminars.


Over the past decades and centuries, human interventions significantly altered the characteristics of rivers. The resulting imbalance of flow, sediment, and wood transport has severe effects on the river ecosystem. Therefore, the restoration of river habitat has become a critical problem with prominent activities in Europe, Australia, and the USA. To contribute to these ongoing restoration efforts, an improved understanding of the physical and biological interactions in river systems is crucial as well as the development of successful and cost-effective river restoration methods.

In this talk, Isabella will present her ongoing research on the interaction between flow, sediment, and wood. In particular, (1) how the flow and morphological structures due to wood placements can be used to improve river restoration projects, and (2) what the possible implications of increased wood transport in rivers are on river infrastructures.

Short bio

Isabella obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. After working as a resarch and teaching assistant, she pursued her doctorate at the Laboratory of Hydraulics, Hydrology and Glaciology (VAW) at ETH Zurich. She studied hazards related to large wood in rivers using both physical and numerical modeling. Isabella was awarded the ETH medal for her doctorate, the JFK prize at the IAHR World Congress in 2017, and received a Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) postdoctoral fellowship to work at the Nepf Environmental Fluid Mechanics Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her postdoc focused on the flow and morphological structures associated with nature-based solutions to improve river restoration projects. In November 2020, Isabella re-joined VAW, ETH Zurich as a Research Associate to continue her work on the interaction between flow, sediment, and wood.


Participants need to register and enroll beforehand, on the OCW platform.
Instructions on how to do so are here.

Join online*: https://ocw.un-ihe.org/course/view.php?id=125&section=1


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