The Hydraulics division has research activities in the following three domains:
- Urban and River Hydrology and Hydraulics
- Coastal and Estuarine Hydrodynamics and Remote Sensing
- Sediment Mechanics
The research focuses on process understanding, numerical modeling and statistical analysis of aspects of the water cycle in the urban environment, river systems, the coastal zone including shelf seas and estuaries. The research activities involve the use of in situ and laboratory observation data, mathematical modeling experiments and statistical analysis. Given that most water engineering problems deal with extreme states of the water system (floods, low flows, extreme pollution levels, storm surges, high waves, high sedimentation …) and given the significant uncertainties involved in the physically-based modeling of these extremes, the mathematical modeling tools are combined with statistical analysis techniques.
The academic staff is responsible for teaching a number of courses related to the field of hydraulics and water engineering in the programmes of Bachelor and Master in civil engineering and water resources engineering.
The staff also participates in a number of international interuniversity projects.
The Hydraulics Division provides scientific services to third parties in the different