Working Group on Drones in Hydraulics

The working group was created in 2020 under the auspices of the IAHR Technical Commitee on Experimental Methods and Instrumentation

Working Group on Drones in Hydraulics

The application of drones to the hydro-environment engineering domain is growing very rapidly. IAHR organised a very well attended seminar on this topic in June 2015 in Spain and in February 2019 we held in Madrid the 2nd HydroSenSoft - International Symposium and Exhibition on Hydro-Environment Sensors and Software where a special session on drones was organized. Working Group on drones was an idea that emerged in relation to HydroSenSoft 2019 Symposium during which some plans and actions for further development were discussed.

Special Issue of Hydrolink magazine entirely dedicated to drones (Issue 1, 2019) was also published in relation to HydroSenSoft 2019.

If you are working with (or are interested in) drones (and in general ROVs) and would like to participate in this Working Group's future activities, we would be grateful if you could contact us at

Leadership Team
Paolo Paron

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education


Publications and previous events

Special Issue of Hydrolink on Drones, 1 2019. Contents:

  • Editorial By Angelos N. Findikakis & Paolo Paron  

  • Drones in Hydraulics By Hamish Biggs  

  • Emerging Earth Observing Platforms Offer New Insights Into Hydrological Processes By Matthew F Mccabe & Salvatore Manfreda

  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASS) For Monitoring Water Surface Elevation,Bathymetry,Surface Velocity and Discharge in Streams By Filippo Bandini, Beat Lüthi & Peter Bauer-Gottwein 

  • Rivers 2.0 - Transforming Rivers into Digital Landscapes Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles By Christian Haas, Philipp Thumser & Jeffrey A. Tuhtan 

  • To Drone or not to Drone Experimenting the Use of UAV for Flood Modelling in Data-Scarce Regions By Paolo Paron, Maurizio Mazzoleni, Andrea Reali & Luigia Brandimarte

  • Impact of UAV Photogrammetry on the Flood Simulation Process of Bridges in Mountain Regions By Jürgen Hackl & Bryan T. Adey

  • Gautrelle Dike Analysis at Oleron Island By Benoît Guillot

  • Optical Sensor and Drone System for the Survey of Cyanobacteria in Freshwater Ecosystems - OSS-CYANO  By Catherine Freissinet 

Proceedings of the 1st International Symposium and Exhibition on Hydro-Environment Sensors and Software HydroSenSoft (Madrid, 2017)

Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium and Exhibition on Hydro-Environment Sensors and Software HydroSenSoft (Madrid, 2019) 

IAHR-Spain Water Workshop on Drones in Hydraulics | Jornada IAHR-SPAIN WATER sobre Drones y el Medio Ambiente Hídrico | 17 de junio de 2015. Centro de Estudios Hidrográficos del CEDEX Programme

Articles on drones available in the IAHR document library

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