Patricia Buffon

PhD fellow


Patricia Buffon was born in Bento Goncalves, Brazil, in 1990, where she lived on a small farm in the middle of the Atlantic Forest until 2009, when she moved to Porto Alegre to start her trajectory at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). Since 2010, Patricia enjoyed working part-time as a student research assistant at UFRGS, Politecnico di Milano, and later at Bangor University. In 2013, she joined the Density Currents Research Group (NECoD), where she experimented with sediment gravity flows and physical models at the fascinating interface between geology and engineering. She received her Bachelor of Environmental Engineering in 2015 and in 2018, she obtained a Master's degree in Water Resources and Environmental Sanitation from Hydraulic Research Institute (IPH) of the same university.  From November 2018, Patricia became a Ph.D. fellow at IHE Delft and TU Delft, joining the River Basin Development chair group and the Hydraulic Engineering Laboratory section, respectively. 

Research Summary

Patricia's curiosity was triggered by the idea of intentionally triggering sediment-laden flows, so she is investigating the formation of turbidity currents by an impinging 2D water jet. The core of her research is experimental, and she approaches the problem from a hydraulic and fluid mechanics point of view.  She hopes her PhD research will contribute to a more sustainable management of sedimentation processes in key hydraulic infrastructures (such as water reservoirs). 


P. Buffon, D. Valero, O. Sequeiros, W. Uijttewaal, M. Franca. Contribution of turbidity currents triggered by jets to sediment management in water reservoirs. In: 58th British Sedimentological Research Group AGM (London, 13-15 December, 2019).

J. H. Baas, M. L. Baker, J. Eggenhuisen, P. Buffon, L. Strachan, H. Bostock, D. Hodgson. Has silt hindered progress in deep-water sedimentology?. In: 34th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology (Rome, 10-13 September, 2019).

J. H. Baas, M. Baker, Y. Spychala, J. Eggenhuisen, P. Buffon, L. Strachan, H. Bostock, D. Hodgson. Is silt the new clay? Silt as driver of deep-marine gravity flows of extremely high density. In: 57th British Sedimentological Research Group AGM (Edinburgh, 17-20 December, 2018).

P. Buffon, P. L. B. Paraizo, R. Manica, A. L. O. Borges. Small-Scale Physical Simulation of Gravity Flows in Minibasins. In: IAS 31st Meeting of Sedimentology (Krakow, 22-25 June, 2015).

C. Boffo, P. Buffon, R. Manica, A. L. O. Borges. Ultrasound video interpretation of transport and deposition of sediment gravity flows. In: ISC 2014 19th International Sedimentological Congress (Geneva, 12-22 August, 2014).

Other information

Patricia applied for and received a personal grant from CAPES (Coordenacao de Aperfeicoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior, a foundation of the Ministry of Education of Brazil), which she is using to fund her PhD research. She receives the supervision and support of Mario Franca (promoter - IHE and TU Delft), Wim Uijttewaal (promoter - TU Delft), Daniel Valero (co-promoter - IHE Delft) and Kees Sloff (TU Delft and Deltares).


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