Author(s): Alexander N. Sukhodolov
Keywords: Field studies; field experiments; hydrodynamics; hydraulics; history
Abstract: Field-based research has always been a source of inspiration and a driving force in experimental and theoretical fluvial hydraulics, essentially underpinning all major developments in this area over the past few decades. The recent emergence of advanced measurement capabilities for field applications opens new avenues and opportunities for the refinement of the existing predictive approaches and for addressing forthcoming hydro-environmental problems. This paper considers historic hydraulic field research and outlines recent developments and current trends. Useful definitions are introduced to aid the standardization of various field activities. A method of field experimentation is discussed employing recent examples, and challenging tasks that appeal for application of field methods are highlighted. Innovative techniques are briefly discussed as the preconditions for the development of novel approaches for field research.