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Supervisors: Adina MoraruOddbjørn Bruland

Project: World of Wild Waters (WoWW)

The research work aims to develop a model that considers different susceptible hydrological, hydraulic and morphological parameters that control the response of steep rivers during a flood. Such parameters will be analyzed with GIS and tested with hydrodynamic numerical modelling. The model will be validated in study cases where past events were well-documented or through comparison with available models for the chosen studied cases.

Figures. Analysis of hydraulic (Usman, 2019) and morphological (Moraru et al. 2019) parameters in a steep river.

Finally, the precision and computing speed gained (if applicable) by the incorporation of the critical parameters into a flood analysis will be benchmarked. Once such parameters have been identified through this model, a methodological guideline that identifies critical areas along a steep river and recommends the mesh refinement needed in the numerical model to study these areas with the precision required in flood risk management should be developed. 

The student involved in this project should have interest in numerical modelling and natural hazards, as well as be familiarized with hydraulics and fluid dynamics.