Author(s): John D. Fenton
Keywords: Applied fluid mechanics and hydraulic engineering; computational methods in hydro-environment research and fluid dynamics; continuing education; general theory in fluid mechanics; hydraulic education; hydraulics research; hydraulics training; open access;
Abstract: ABSTRACTThe processes of thinking, research, dissemination, and use of research results and knowledge in hydraulics are examined, differentiating it from hydrology, and suggesting greater use of scientific methods and theories. At highly technical levels this is already done, but it is suggested that there is room for a greater simplicity of approach, based on scientific rigour, recognizing that much of what is done in hydraulics is modelling. This would make understanding of, access to, and participation in research easier for members of the profession. A number of recommendations and conclusions are made. The article has a critical tone, but its main intention is to be helpful to individual hydraulicians and to the profession at large. Suggestions are made as to how the profession might use the Web to give open access to research findings and to create an open resource for hydraulics knowledge, as connection by colleagues in all countries is now possible and feasible.