PROCEEDINGS | 39th IAHR World Congress

Publisher: IAHR

Editor: Miguel Ortega-Sánchez

ISSN: 2521-716X (Online) | ISSN: 2521-7119 (Print) | ISSN: 2521-7127 (USB) | ISBN/EAN: 978-90-832612-1-8



1658932416435506.jpgThe 39th World Congress of IAHR (International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research) was held in Granada, Spain, from 19 to 24 June 2022.

The Organisers of the Congress have been the IAHR and the University of Granada, together with the General Directorate of Water and the General Directorate of the Coast and Sea (Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Spain), the Centre for Studies and Experimentation of Public Works (CEDEX), which constitute “Spain Water”, and the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR). The Congress was supported by the Andalusian Regional Government, Local Entities and more than 20 sponsors.

Innovative approaches to water management challenges are needed more than ever to ensure sustainable and resilient societies worldwide. Under the overall theme "From Snow to Sea", this Congress edition in Granada focused on the importance of an integrated and intelligent approach to managing the whole water cycle to address the global challenges' people face and the environment. It highlighted IAHR's commitment to the critical role that sound understanding of the water cycle plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2030.

After the review process, 1.034 papers were accepted for the regular scientific program of the Congress according to the following themes:

  • Theme 1: Human-water relationships (42),

  • Theme 2: Snow, river and sediment management (132),

  • Theme 3: Environmental hydraulics and urban water cycle (129),

  • Theme 4: Hydraulic structures (108),

  • Theme 5: Water resources management, valuing and resilience (109),

  • Theme 6: Computational and experimental methods (256),

  • Theme 7: Coasts, estuaries, shelves and seas (81) and

  • Theme 8: Extreme events: from droughts to floods (177).

Furthermore, 4 High-Level Panels, 15 Special Sessions, 4 Side Events, 8 Technical visits, 3 Workshops and 2 Master classes were also organised.

On behalf of the organisers of the 39th World Congress of IAHR, we sincerely thank the speakers and delegates, the members of the different Committees involved in the organisation (the International Steering Group, the International Scientific Committee, the National Organising Committee and the Congress Organising Group), the IAHR Council, the IAHR Technical Committees, the Chairs of Sessions, the Convener(s) of the Special Sessions, Side Events and Workshops, as well as the colleagues and volunteers from all the involved institutions. Although the organisation of this event has been very complex due to the global COVID pandemic, the combined effort and work of all parties has made this event a success.

Miguel Ortega-Sánchez   

Head of the Congress Organising Group

 Table of contents


Front Matter  


Table of Contents  

Special Sessions

High Level Panels  

  • High Level Panel 1: From Snow to Sea — Managing Enclosed Seas Under Climate Threat  

  • High Level Panel 2: Water Governance  

  • High Level Panel 3: Artificial Intelligence  

  • High Level Panel 4: Nature-based Solutions and Ecohydraulics  


  • Keynote 1: Coastal Resilience in a Changing Climate: the CoastPredict Solution  

  • Keynote 2: Water Challenges in Spain  

  • Keynote 3: Machine Learning for Scientific Discovery, with Examples in Fluid Mechanics  

Theme 1. Human-water relationships     

Theme 1.1. Dialogue of knowledge: academy and traditional hydro-environment engineering knowledge 

Theme 1.2. Hydro-environment cultural heritage 

Theme 1.3. Hydro-environment engineering history 

Theme 1.4. Sustainable development goals 

Theme 1.5. Gender balance, youth involvement and leadership 

Theme 1.6. Flood management risks from coincident calamities 

Theme 2. Snow, river and sediment management   

Theme 2.1. Snow assessment and impact on fluvial processes 

Theme 2.2. Sediment transport in rivers: processes, monitoring and modelling 

Theme 2.3. Watershed erosion processes and soil conservation 

Theme 2.4. River morphodynamics and hydraulic-structure effects 

Theme 2.5. River sediment management, basin-scale interactions and impact on the coast 

Theme 2.6. River conservation and restoration: nature-based solutions 

Theme 2.7. Sedimentation in reservoirs 

Theme 3. Environmental hydraulics and urban water cycle     

Theme 3.1. Ecohydraulics 

Theme 3.2. Mixing processes 

Theme 3.3. Transient flows and pipeline hydraulics 

Theme 3.4. Sensors, monitoring and management strategies in urban water and wastewater systems 

Theme 3.5. Restoration of water systems in a changing climate 

Theme 3.6. Desalination and water treatment 

Theme 3.7. Advanced treatment processes for wastewaters 

Theme 3.8. Water recycling and reuse 

Theme 3.9. Industrial flows 

Theme 4. Hydraulic structures     

Theme 4.1. Hydro-environment historical structures: management and restoration 

Theme 4.2. Aging hydraulic structures: upgrade and retrofit towards more sustainability 

Theme 4.3. Recent advancements to more reliable, sustainable and resilient hydraulic structures 

Theme 4.4. Sustainable renewable energy solutions 

Theme 4.5. Nature-based solutions as a way towards sustainability 

Theme 4.6. Large scale tests and field data -- towards the ultimate validation of hydraulic structures design 

Theme 4.7. Case studies 

Theme 5. Water resources management, valuing and resilience     

Theme 5.1. Water resources planning and management under increasing uncertainty and climate change 

Theme 5.2. Alternative water resources 

Theme 5.3. Advanced water resources systems analyses: improving resilience 

Theme 5.4. Water and circular economy: valuing water 

Theme 5.5. Water-food-energy nexus: sustainability of water resources 

Theme 5.6. Water use efficiency 

Theme 5.7. Cooperation, governance of water and transboundary catchments 

Theme 6. Computational and experimental methods     

Theme 6.1. Computational methods in fluid dynamics and hydro-environmental problems 

Theme 6.2. Computational methods in sediment dynamics 

Theme 6.3. Computational methods in fluid-structure interactions 

Theme 6.4. Computational and experimental methods: towards composite modelling 

Theme 6.5. Optimization methods and uncertainty assessment 

Theme 6.6. Artificial intelligence in hydro-environment engineering 

Theme 6.7. Big data, data mining and high-performance computing under hydroinformatics 

Theme 6.8. Instrumentation, experimental facilities and field experiments 

Theme 6.9. Water from above: remote sensing and drones technologies 

Theme 7. Coasts, estuaries, shelves and seas     

Theme 7.1. Hydrodynamics, sediments, and ecosystem services 

Theme 7.2. Water quality and pollution 

Theme 7.3. Coastal erosion 

Theme 7.4. Resilient coastlines in a changing climate 

Theme 7.5. Estuaries and shore protection and restoration: green coastal infrastructure in climate change scenarios 

Theme 7.6. From the inner shelf to the coastal zone: ecosystem challenges in a changing climate 

Theme 7.7. From Snow to Sea: the future of the mediterranean sea 

Theme 8. Extreme events: from droughts to floods     

Theme 8.1. Droughts prediction and management; impacts of climate change 

Theme 8.2. Tsunamis, storm surges and effects of tropical storms under rising sea levels 

Theme 8.3. Flood risk assessment, mitigation and adaptation measures 

Theme 8.4. Urban flood management 

Theme 8.5. Flood recovery and resiliency 

Theme 8.6. Impact of global change on extreme environments (cold/arid regions) 

Theme 8.7. Adaption to climate change: guidance to engineering design 

Author Index  

Special Sessions: Author Index  

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