Head:

Prof. Dr. Mário Franca

Address:

Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT)
Institute for Water and Environment
- Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management -
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe

Phone: +49 (0)721 - 608-44418
Email: wasserbau∂iwu.kit.edu

Visiting address:

Engesserstrasse 22, Building 10.83
76131 Karlsruhe

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.

When disasters strike repeatedly: A multi-year drought followed by a mega-flood in eastern Belgium
When disasters strike repeatedly: A multi-year drought followed by a mega-flood in eastern Belgium

In July 2021, parts of Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg were hit by catastrophic flooding caused by the Bernd low-pressure system.

In Belgium, the most affected catchment (the Vesdre River) had experienced repeated summer droughts in the four years (2017-2020) preceding the flood.

This seminar will provide an overview of how a rare hydro-meteorological event combined with unfavourable hydrological conditions in the catchment and a lack of risk awareness and preparedness, which was plausibly exacerbated by the preceding prolonged drought.

Link to the seminar PDF file
8th IAHR Europe Congress 2024 Lisbon
8th IAHR Europe Congress 2024 Lisbon

The 8th IAHR Europe Congress was held in LNEC, Lisbon, between 4th – 6th June and counted with more than 400 attendees.

Tim Jakobs presented his paper “Experimental Investigations of Thin Layer Surface Runoff on Natural Grassland”, co-authored by Peter Oberle and Mário Franca, and the presentation “Prevalence and physical properties of Urban Flood Drifters (UFDs) in extreme floods” given by Arnau Bayon corresponds to a paper co-authored by Daniel Valero and Mário Franca.

Mário Franca presided the Gerhard Jirka Award for Young Researchers that awards the best presentation given by a Young Professional during the biennial IAHR Europe Division Congress.

Inaugural meeting of the Institute for Water and Environment (IWU)
Inaugural meeting of the Institute for Water and Environment (IWU)

The new Institute for Water and Environment (IWU) initiated its activities in January 2024. It was created as a merger of the "Institute of Water and River Basin Management" (IWG) and the "Institute for Hydromechanics" (IfH).

The occasion was celebrated on 17th May 2024 with the participation of all IWU employees in the laboratory building of the former Institute for Hydromechanics.

Scaling-up computational hydrodynamics with HPC and SERGHEI
Scaling-up computational hydrodynamics with HPC and SERGHEI

Physically-based hydrological models can be understood as an upscaling exercise of hydrodynamic numerical models.

The latter have experienced great development in the past two decades, which together with the accelerated growth of computational power, now enable to tackle catchment and even regional scale hydrological modelling based on such tools.

Link to the seminar PDF file
IWU visit at University of Waterloo
IWU visit at University of Waterloo

Last week, a delegation of IWU composed by Mário Franca, Olivier Eiff, Davide Vanzo and Christof Gromke, visited the University of Waterloo to foster for future collaborations in the water sector.

The visit included joint meetings, field visits, a Water Talk given by Mário Franca at the Water Institute and the participation in the Graduate Research on Water Technology and Hydraulics (GROWTH) Symposium where graduate students presented and discussed their work.

The Water Talk by Mário Franca by can be found here.

Dissertation of Christin Kannen
Thesis of Christin Kannen

Christin Kannen defended her doctoral thesis last Friday, April 19, 2024. After years of excellent scientific work, she was awarded her doctorate for her thesis on “Hydromorphology of ecological deep pool habitats”.

Christin's work has made an important contribution to the state of the art in the field of ecohydraulics.

Congratulations to Dr.-Ing. Christin Kannen! We are already looking forward to the next big project she will be embarking on.