TU, TUW vacancies & model emulation symposium. Click here to read more.
TU, TUW vacancies & model emulation symposium. Click here to read more.
Ben jij een praktisch ingestelde hydraulisch/morfologisch modelleur? Heb je een achtergrond in civiele techniek of vergelijkbaar? Bij onze afdeling Rivierkunde en binnenvaart, kun je je talent inzetten om bij te dragen aan integraal rivierbeheer, reservoirmanagement en een duurzame toekomstbestendige binnenvaart in binnen- en buitenland. Hoe? Lees snel verder:
Rivers of the Silk Roads: how water shaped societies and empires in Central Asia
(Leverhulme Trust funded project)
36 month PDRA (£34,304 starting salary) with expertise in remote sensing and hydraulic modelling required from September 1st, 2022 to work with Professor Mark Macklin (University of Lincoln, UK) and Dr Willem Toonen (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Project summary and PDRA role: The importance of Central Asia’s Silk Roads to world history is well known. But what is not understood is the role that rivers in the region played in the development of nomadic and urban societies, and empires, particularly irrigation-based agriculture but also as water-rich corridors for pastoralists and travellers. Rivers of the Silk Roads is a novel and ambitious interdisciplinary project which uses state-of-the-art dating, hydraulic modelling and satellite imaging techniques, combined with archaeological investigations of ancient canal systems, to provide the first multi-millennial length reconstructions of changing water resources and water hazards along Central Asia’s Silk Roads. The PDRA will facilitate process-based connections between short- and long-term hydroclimatic change and the dynamics of regional flood-irrigation networks in each study area. Site based reconstructions will be made of flood regime changes in order to infer water availability for irrigation. Combined with a functional analysis of irrigation-canal networks, based on remote sensing and field investigations, agricultural yield will be modelled. The PDRA, supervised by Professor Macklin and Dr Toonen, will undertake two work packages.
WP1. Remote sensing and mapping of irrigation infrastructure, palaeochannels and canals, alongside ancient settlement distribution. Using high-resolution, gridded dataset of Earth’s floodplains generated from Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, and declassified CORONA satellite images, the PDRA will map (GIS-aided visual interpretation) and then digitise canal networks and associated field systems. CORONA images (1960-1972; KH-4B) are easily accessible from the USGS EROS Archive, have high spatial resolution (1.8-2.7 m) and because these are amongst the earliest imagery available across Central Asia, they predate the considerable damage and loss of archaeological sites (including ancient canals and field systems) that has happened over the last 40 years as a result of agricultural and urban development. All data, including new and recorded archaeological sites, will be mapped and archived using ArcGIS with the intention of developing an open-access GIS that would be made available to researchers and heritage managers in both Central Asia and more widely. From these analyses the PDRA will establish the form and phases of irrigation infrastructure in each of the study areas, including quantitative information on canal system length and dimensions, as well as the total area of irrigated fields and how these developed and changed over time.
WP2. Hydraulic modelling of canal systems to assess the likely population size they could sustain based on irrigation-supported agricultural yield, and how this may have changed over time. The cross sectional area and slopes of canals for each phase of irrigation development will be surveyed and, using an appropriate roughness value derived from Manning’s equation, their maximum flow carrying capacity calculated. To evaluate the performance of canal networks for different time periods, with respect the volume of flow and the areas of irrigated land that they could support, the PDRA will use the US Corps of Engineers Hydrologic Engineering Center’s (2009) HEC-GeoRAS model. Average spring and summer flows from the feeder river systems based on
gauged, tree ring and palaeohydrological estimates (determined from the dimensions of feeder channels contemporary with the phase of irrigation being modelled will be numerically routed through the canal system to evaluate the performance of the canal network. This will include determining if the feeder canal was able to supply all of the secondary canals simultaneously or if it was necessary to create a schedule of rotating water delivery. The PDRA will use the United Nations FAO “CROPWAT” software, to calculate the amount of water to grow staple cereal crops and vegetables that require irrigation, and compare this with estimated flows in canal systems for each time period.
For further information please email Professor Mark Macklin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Willem Toonen (email@example.com). The successful applicant should be available to start this post on September 1st 2022, or very shortly after this date.
On 16 and 17 June the recurrent Ems-Scheldt Symposium will be held in Wageningen, where scientists and practitioners gather to focus on (bio)physical processes and the associated ecosystem services in the Ems and the Scheldt estuaries. All interested are invited to participate. If you intend to give a presentation during this German-Dutch-Belgian symposium, then a short abstract is required (https://event.wur.nl/ems-scheldt2022/subscribe)
The NCR DAYS 2022 Book of Abstracts is now available for download from our publication portal.
The abstract submission deadline for NCR Days 2022, “Anthropogenic Rivers” has been extended to March 8, 2020!
We invite you to submit a two-page abstract about your work to the 2022 NCR DAYS at Delft University of Technology. More information can be found on the event website.
Delft University of Technology is proud to host the NCR DAYS 2022 “Anthropogenic Rivers” on April 13-14. For more information, see the event page.
We are happy to announce that, as an alternative to our biennial River, Coastal and Estuarine Morphodynamics (RCEM) Meeting, we will host three virtual RCEM Zoom sessions this year:
The goal is to provide a cross-cutting forum for scientific discussion in the spirit of RCEM (i.e., using combinations of theoretical, observational, experimental and modelling approaches), especially targeted at young researchers (graduate, PhD students, early-career post docs).
We have different time slots between sessions to allow people from different parts of the globe to attend. The sessions will be recorded, unless a speaker requests otherwise. This will allow folks who are in time zones that don’t permit live attendance to view talks post session. Each session comprises one keynote presentation (to be announced) and a limited number of shorter presentations.
Please express your interest in giving a short presentation by sending a max 200-word abstract through this form: https://forms.gle/5A5fTACCdK8wf8Cg7. In the selection of presentations, we will aim for diversity in the speaker list and a balanced contribution from the major RCEM research fields (river – coast – estuary). The deadline for abstract submission is Monday 8 November 2021.
Please register to attend the sessions here: https://forms.gle/HJLB4nRVKmiaZ6mFA. You will receive a calendar invite with a Zoom link (and password). The full program for the 3 sessions will be announced around 20 November, 2021.
All the best, the RCEM team
Associate Professor – River Engineering
Coordinator MSc track Hydraulic Engineering
YNCR was created in December 2020 as a network for young and early career professionals within the field of river studies in the Netherlands. Are you an MSc or PhD candidate, a young professional within government, consultancy or an engineering firm, or an early career researcher at a university or research institute? Join our first online drink to get to know your peers. More information
The annual meeting of the Netherlands Centre for River studies (NCR), the NCR DAYS, will this year be organized by the University of Twente on 11 and 12 February 2021. The NCR-days will be held online for the first time in its history.
This year we will feature three inspiring keynote lectures, six oral presentation sessions, three very special poster sessions with plenty of interaction, and stimulating social sessions to meet your new and established peers.
For more information, click here
From 19 – 30 April 2021, EGU will be hosting vEGU21: Gather Online (#vEGU21), a fully virtual conference that aims at providing a similar experience to the annual General Assembly, normally held in Vienna. All sessions will be in the new EGU virtual PICO (vPICO) format, which offers the opportunity to address a truly worldwide and diverse audience.
For an overview of sessions organised by NCR partners, see this link. Are you organising a session? Mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to promote your session through NCR.
The annual meeting of the Netherlands Centre for River studies (NCR), the NCR DAYS, will this year be organized by the University of Twente on 11 and 12 February 2021. Please make a reservation for these days in your agenda.
For more informatie, click here.
Are you currently involved you in or have knowledge about one the projects of Dutch Flood Protection Program (HWBP in Dutch)? Then, you can support our researchers from the Law, governance and implementation theme in their survey study! Help us by completing the survey via this link.
Head over to the NCR Days 2020 event page to gander at the full program of presentations. With 27 talks and 26 pitches for posters, 3 keynotes and a breakfast excursion, this year’s edition is packed with information. Take part in this event by registering online before February 7.
Submit your abstract before January 10, 2020 to join the NCR Days 2020 “Managing changing rivers”. Keynote speakers include prof. Frans Klijn, Milou Wolters and prof. Chris Spray. For more information, see the NCR Days 2020 website.
The next edition of the annual meeting of the Netherlands Centre for River Studies (the NCR Days) will be organized by Rijkswaterstaat and will take place on February 13 and 14, 2020.
The program will based upon the main river functions that Rijkswaterstaat works on – water safety, clean and healthy water, fast and safe water-borne transport, and water availability. Rijkswaterstaat contributes to The Integral River Management (IRM) program, one of the main programs of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Watermanagement. The key task of IRM is to support those functions in a sustainable and efficient way, and do so under the changing physical an social conditions. The central theme of the NCR days is therefore titled “Managing Changing Rivers”.
For more information, please see the event page.
Lunchtime seminar by Herve Piegay. Fluvial remote sensing is becoming a very critical issue to better understand river processes and changes, target management actions at regional scale, diagnose river status and promote adaptive strategies through intensive channel monitoring. A few examples from South-east France are introduced and discussed. More information and registration following this link.
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Het doorlopende toegepast-onderzoeksprogramma KPP Rivierkundig Onderzoek (KPP River research) heeft een nieuwe nieuwsbrief uitgebracht waarin het onderzoek voor 2018 is samengevat. Dit geeft een overzicht van de meest aansprekende resultaten. Onderdelen als een case studie morfologisch modelleren bij de langsdammen in de Waal of bodembescherming met hout bij ontgrondingskuilen in de Rijnmaasmonding staan ook dit jaar op het programma.
De nieuwsbrief kan worden gedownload van de projectpagina (link).
The 10th Conference on Fluvial Hydraulics under the auspices of IAHR, River Flow 2020, will be held in Delft, The Netherlands, from 7 to 10 July 2020, (with masterclasses on the 6th of July).
Find updates or subscribe to the newsletter at http://www.riverflow2020.nl. The deadline for abstracts submission is 15 August 2019.
The conference themes are:
We look forward to meeting you in Delft next year.
The local organising committee:
Wim Uijttewaal, (Delft University of Technology), chair
Astrid Blom (Delft University of Technology)
Mário Franca (IHE Delft)
Alessandra Crosato (IHE Delft)
Ralph Schielen (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Twente University)
Johan Boon (Deltares)
Clàudia Ylla Arbós (Delft University of Technology)
Nicole Fontein (Delft University of Technology)
The RiverCare knowledge base is now online at www.rivercare.nl. On this website you can explore how the new insights methods and prototype tools contribute towards self-sustaining multifunctional rivers.
Mário J. Franca will deliver his Inaugural Address as Professor of Hydraulic Engineering for River Basin Development at IHE Delft / TU Delft, on 12th July 2019, 16:00 hours.
The Address will be preceded by a Mini-Symposium and followed by a reception and it will be held at IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Westvest 7, 2611AX Delft, the Netherlands.
The preliminary programme is
13:30 Mini Symposium with the presence of Bettina Schaefli, University of Lausanne and Editor of Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, and Thanos Papanicolaou, University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Chief Editor of the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering, ASCE
16:00 Inaugural Address followed by a reception
Swansea University is looking for a new addition to their team: “We are looking to appoint a Lecturer in River Engineering to complement our expertise in hydrology and coastal. A background in computational methods is preferable but an experimentalist would also be a welcome addition to the group.” Application closes January 24.
For more information, please visit this link.
The NCR Days 2019 “Land of Rivers” is organised on January 31st. If you want to attend, be sure to register yourself online before January 21st!
The general assembly of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2019 is approaching. Are you organising a session that is of interest to the NCR network? On our dedicated EGU event page we give an overview of all sessions organised by NCR partners.
The International Centre for Advanced Studies on River-Sea Systems, or DANUBIUS-RI, is future distributed research infrastructure. Its purpose is to bring together leading expertise, facilities and river-sea-systems to foster knowledge exchange and more. This aligns with the goals of NCR, which is why NCR has decided to support the development of Danubius-RI.
The next edition of the annual meeting of the Netherlands Centre for River studies (NCR-Days) will be held in the Ruppert Building at Utrecht University campus on 31 January and 1 February 2019.
For this edition we are putting together an exciting program with interesting keynote lectures and presentations around the theme: Land of Rivers. This theme links mono-disciplinary excellence to multi-disciplinary innovation in a variety of subjects ranging from flood safety, (bio) morphology, and river governance to long-term sustainable delta management.
More information will be provided in the coming months. For now, you can use any of the links below to save the date to your calendar!
On September 20, IHE Delft, NCR and NCK organised a themeday revolving around hydropower in low-head conditions. We look back to a very interesting exchange of ideas and practices both in The Netherlands and beyond.
The presentations are now online and available for download from the IHE website, here is a direct link.
The presentations were also recorded, and can be watched on YouTube.
The next – 10th! – edition of the RiverFlow conference is coming to The Netherlands in 2020. Delft University of Technology is spearheading the organisation of this key biennial conference, in close cooperation with NCR partners.
Within KPP project river research (“Kennis Primaire Processen project rivierkundig onderzoek”) questions from the Dutch river authority Rijkswaterstaat are answered by applied research. The applied studies are focussed on practical solutions for the questions of the river manager, aiming to apply the solutions within 3 years. This project has now been added to the list of NCR projects. Here, their page will offer downloads, contact information and a short overview of the project.
The Book of Abstracts of the anniversary edition of the NCR Days. Celebrating 20-years of collaboration in the Netherlands Centre for River studies (NCR), we will look back
and especially forward, with a broad scope of keynote lectures, workshops, presentations, interactive posters and movies around the theme ”the Future River”.
The best poster award was granted to Fatima Azhar and Alessandra Crosato of IHE-Delft for their work “Morphodynamic Changes around a Bridge Pier”, which can be found on page 40-41 of this publication.
After the inspiring key note by Paul Kinzel during the Friday morning programme of the NCR Days 2018, we encourage you to submit an abstract to the special session on innovative monitoring techniques for ecohydraulic research during the 12th IAHR’s International Symposium on Ecohydraulics from 19-8 to 24-8 in Tokyo Japan. This special session is organised by dr. Ellis Penning of Deltares and dr. Tonina of University of Idaho. Deadline for abstract submission is March 16!
On January 16th the annual Brunings lecture was given at Utrecht University. This lecture was recorded and can now be viewed online for 2018 and earlier years for those who look back on the lecture with pleasure and with questions, and for those who would like to look back.
This is a reminder to to submit an abstract to the session ‘Sustainable management of river deltas under pressure’ (Session GM6.6/BG7.6/HS5.17), to be held at the EGU General Assembly 2018, 8-13 April 2018, Vienna, Austria.
The aim of this session is to bring together knowledge of both natural and societal processes (inter)acting in a delta, and their impacts, which is essential to find sustainable solutions for delta management. We invite contributions to this session on (1) human-induced processes driving change in river deltas, (2) impacts of these changing conditions, and (3) optimising delta management solutions, in particular by using an interdisciplinary approach.
Please check the EGU website for more information and application.
The deadline for submitting an abstract is 10 January 2018.
This session is organised by Future Deltas, a research programme of Utrecht University (NL), in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (USA) and the University of Southampton (UK).
We hope many of you will contribute!
Conveners of this session:
Esther Stouthamer (Utrecht University)
Hans Middelkoop (Utrecht University)
Liviu Giosan (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
Robert Nicholls (University of Southampton)
Researchers of Utrecht University and Radboud University have revealed the successful combination of a lower flood risk with the start of biodiversity recovery. Multiple groups of endangered and protected species are returning to river areas in the Netherlands. The researchers published their findings on 8 November in the open access journal Science Advances.