Floods are one of the most devastating natural disasters affecting humanity and in recent years they have become increasingly powerful and destructive. In June 2022, Sydney experienced an extremely rare and torrential rainfall, triggering the 4th overwhelming flood to strike the city within 16 months and causing huge economic losses. A similar disaster occurred in Bangladesh, resulting in over 110 deaths as of July 17. The floods caused by the monsoon rains since mid-June have killed over 1,000 people in Pakistan. Destructive floods have also hit the old city of Sana’a, Yemen (World Heritage), several provinces in Afghanistan, and Seoul, the capital city of Korea.
The UN Secretary General António Guterres pointed out at the Fifth UN Special Thematic Session on Water and Disasters that “Climate change is altering rainfall patterns, affecting water availability, prolonging periods of drought and heat, and increasing the intensity of cyclones, which can lead to horrific flooding events.”
IAHR, a worldwide independent organization of engineers and water specialists working in fields related to the hydro-environmental sciences and their practical application, has over the years been making great efforts in advancing human understanding of the relevant disciplines.
Below is a guide to part of the related resources IAHR has to offer our members and the global research community.
In 2015 IAHR established this technical committee whose main objective is to provide a platform where researchers and practitioners may collaboratively take on the challenges and opportunities of Flood Risk Management. This is achieved by creating occasions for exchanging knowledge and practice like seminars, workshops, and conferences on key subjects of Flood Risk Management, as well as by acting as a contact point with sister associations dealing with the topic.
IAHR convenes events that set agendas, harness and amplify the collective knowledge of the global hydro-environment community through the organization of congresses, symposiums, seminars, workshops and webinars that have been a popular success since the outbreak of COVID-19. Listed below are just a few of the events closely related to this topic.
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Search “flood” in the IAHR Document Library to view and download articles of proceedings, journals, Hydrolink, etc. related to this topic.
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IAHR gathers global top scholars, researchers, scientists and engineers working in fields related to the hydro-environmental sciences and their practical applications, and acts as a global voice to facilitate understanding, inspire ideas and make calls for actions.
Below is the list of IAHR individual members who are or were serving on the leadership team of the Technical Committee on Flood Risk Management. If you would like to connect with one or some of them, please contact our membership manager Ms. Sally Feng.
Please note that there are many IAHR experts in this research discipline who are not listed here.
Daniela Molinari | Politecnico Di Milano - DICA, Italy
Flood risk assessment and management, flood damage assessment
Alastair G. Barnett | HYDRA Software Ltd, New Zealand
Numerical Analysis Methods; Engineering, Applied and Computational Mathematics; Numerical Modeling; Computational Fluid Dynamics
Marian Muste | IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering, The University of Iowa, United States of America
Hydraulics and Surface Water Transport, Cyberinfrastructure for Integrated River Basin Management
Larry J. Weber | IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering, The University of Iowa, United States of America
Modeling of fish passage facilities, hydraulic structures and river restoration and protection of endangered species
Stefan Haun | University of Stuttgart, Germany
Sediments; Numerical Modeling; Sediment Transport; Numerics; Rivers; Water; Erosion; Computational Fluid Dynamics; Numerical Analysis; Reservoirs; Hydrodynamics; Numerical Simulation
Xiaotao Cheng | China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), China
Flood control and flood risk management, ranging from strategy planning to emergency response
Cesar Adolfo Alvarado Ancieta | Cesar Alvarado Ancieta - Team Leader - International Expert: River Engineering, Flood Control, Sedimentation, Hydropower & Dams, Peru
Rivers, Hydrology, Water Resources Management, Hydrological Modeling, Environmental Impact Assessment, Hydraulics, Water Resources Engineering, Water Engineering, Physical Geography, Hydrologic and Water Resource Modeling and Simulation
Tomasz Dysarz | Poznan University of Life Sciences, Department of Hydraulic and Sanitary Engineering, Poland
River flow modeling, sediment transport modeling, flood hazard assessment, geoprocessing, python scripting
Daniele Pietro Viero | University of Padova, Italy
Free-surface geophysical flows by means of numerical modelling and of field and laboratory experiments
Ravindra Vitthal Kale | Western Himalayan Regional Centre, National Institute of Hydrology Jammu, J&K, India
Hydrology and hydraulics dealing with Surface water assessment using deterministic, conceptual & Remote Sensing approaches; Irrigation; Integrated Water Resources Management involving Eco-hydrology & Climate Change; Spring Hydrology, Disaster Risk Assessment & Management; Soft-computing technqiues in hydrology etc
Mustafa Altinakar | Argonne National Laboratory, United States of America
Fluvial hydraulics and its environmental aspects, sediment transport and local scour, flood simulation and mapping, natural hazards and emergency management, decision support systems, and the design of hydraulic structures
Mark Babister | WMAwater, Australia
Rainfall, Hydraulic Modelling, Hydrological Modeling, Precipitation, Surface Hydrology, Rainfall Runoff Modelling, Hydraulics, Flood Modelling, Frequency Analysis
Yongping Chen | Hohai University, China
Hydrodynamic Modeling, Coastal Engineering, Wave Hydrodynamics, Coastal Processes, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Waves, Hydrodynamics, Estuaries, Sediments
Na Li | China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR), China
Development of flood analysis software with independent intellectual property rights, the production of dynamic flood risk maps, the application of flood risk maps, typhoon disaster management and flood impact assessment
Jennifer G. Duan | University of Arizona, United States of America
Experimental study of turbulence flow field and computational simulation of flow and sediment transport in rivers
Benjamin J. Dewals | University of Liege, Belgium
Flood risk management, fluvial hydraulics and reservoir sedimentation
James Ball | University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Water engineering, Urban drainage, Hydroinformatics, Water quality, Catchment modelling
Francesco Ballio | Politecnico di Milano, Italy
Sediment Transport, Flood Risk, Bridge Engineering
Arthur Mynett | IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Netherlands
Flood Modelling, Hydraulics, Hydraulic Engineering, Hydraulic Modelling, Water Resources Management, River Engineering, Integrated Water Resources Management, Water Resources Engineering, Hydrologic and Water Resource Modeling and Simulation, Environmental Impact Assessment
Silke Wieprecht | Institute for Modeling Hydraulic and Environmental Systems, University Stuttgart, Germany
Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Sediment Transport, Morphology
Kamal El Kadi Abderrezzak | Electricité de France, Division R&D, France
Sediment Transport, Fluvial Geomorphology, Fluid Dynamics, Open Channel Hydraulics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Experimental Modeling, Flood Modelling
Aminuddin Ab. Ghani | River Engineering and Urban Drainage Research Centre (REDAC), Malaysia
Sediment Transport; Urban Drainage
» To find more Experts in the field of Floods, visit the IAHR Member Finder.
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Among the 118 institute members of IAHR, many of them have research departments, centers, business, and teams devoted to flood-related activities, listed below. If you would like to connect with one or some of them, please contact our membership manager Ms. Sally Feng.
» To become an IAHR institute member, visit join.IAHR.org.
More resource guides will be released in the coming months, please stay tuned. Any comments will be sincerely welcomed to Ms. Sally Feng.