Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)
Institute for Water and Environment
- Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management -
Phone: +49 (0)721 - 608-44418
The challenges facing water managers and engineers nowadays are manifold, complex, and require cross disciplinary approaches. These challenges include the safety of hydraulic natural and built systems, ageing infrastructures, pollution, guarantee of energy and food security, sustainable development and safety of urban environment, ecological feedbacks and an uncertain future.
Our group develops research towards engineering solutions for the design, the planning and the implementation of sustainable water infrastructures prepared for global change. We investigate the mechanics of flowing water and its interaction with key elements of a river basin such as sediments, dissolved matter, gases, living organisms and people. More specifically, the group is committed to develop research on four main topics: sustainable and secure water for supply, food and energy; adaptive and multi-functional hydraulic systems; healthy rivers; and geophysical processes in rivers and lakes.
Between 19th and 23rd February 2024, with our colleague Andreas Fink (IMK-TRO), and by invitation of the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, Mário Franca visited universities in Kenya (Nairobi and Kenyatta) and in Uganda (Makerere and Kampala).
We had excellent and promising discussions on research and education collaboration. It was the occasion to meet a former PhD student of the institute, Patrick Murigi, now lecturer at the University of Kenyatta.
On the 20th December 2024, Mario Franca lectured to the students of the University of Gadjah Mada (Indonesia) on Modeling Approaches to Environmental Flows.
The hosts were Prof. Agus Maryono, PhD alumni from KIT, and Dr. Adhy Kurniawan, former PhD colleague of Mario. The lecture can be found here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/376713986_Modelling_approaches_to_environmental_flows
On December 14th, 2023, we held our Christmas celebration in a cozy atmosphere at Theodor Rehbock Water Laboratory.
The party was a great opportunity to look back on the past year and look forward to the challenges ahead together.
We celebrated the festive season with a warm get-together, delicious food and happy moments.
As part of his visit to KIT, the President of the Landesanstalt für Umwelt Baden-Württemberg (LUBW), Dr. Ulrich Maurer, at the IWG informed about current topics in water research.
After a general presentation of the water research at KIT by Mario Franca, he, Erwin Zehe and Stephan Fuchs presented the current work and topics of their IWG-departments.
At the invitation of the Lions Club Karlsruhe-Baden, Dr. Peter Oberle on December 7th in the Schlosshotel Karlsruhe the current flood strategy of the state of BW.
The flood disaster of 2021 showed that the current design values for protective measures need to be reconsidered and that the intensities of historical events must be used as a basis, especially for alarm and operational planning. The results of a simulation study (in cooperation with Hydron mbH) for the Neckar Valley are presented, in which the precipitation from the 2021 flood was projected onto the catchment area there. The discharges in the Neckar Valley are comparable to the historic flood of 1824, with devastating consequences for the industrial sites located in the river valley. The BW state government provides comprehensive information (including hazard maps, forecasts) and tools in order to be prepared for such extreme events. The lecture ends with an appeal to the municipalities and each individual to take advantage of the offers and face this challenge.
Hydraulic structures, such as dams fulfill many societal functions including water supply, flood mitigation and generation of hydropower.
Their safety is paramount and a failure can be catastrophic.
The design of hydraulic structures must therefore be conducted with the highest technical standards using state-of-the-art measurement approaches.
Link to the seminar PDF file