At the beginning of 2019, the former Institute of Water Management, Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering (IWHW) was divided and our new Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and River Research (IWA) under the direction of Univ.Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Helmut Habersack was created. On this website we would like to introduce the research focus of the new institute:
The focus lies on integral hydraulic engineering, with the core elements: water use - water protection - protection from the water. These include our research areas and expertise in renewable energy with sustainable hydropower, integrated flood risk management, (eco-) hydraulics, river research and hydraulic engineering, with an emphasis on sediment management and river morphology, river restoration as well as waterway infrastructure for inland navigation.
Our methods include field measurements, numerical modeling and physical models based on theoretical and applied basic research. In future, the new hydraulic engineering laboratory will significantly improve our research opportunities. There, a worldwide unique discharge of 10,000 l/s without pumping will be achieved, which permits experiments up to a scale of 1:1.
Our research findings are published in SCI- and specialised journals, presented on scientific conferences and specialist symposia, and disseminated through print and audiovisual media.