During the last IAHR2022 World Conference - held in Granada, Spain - IMDC presented some of our projects and research. The International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), founded in 1935, is a worldwide independent organisation of engineers and water specialists working in fields related to the hydro-environmental sciences and their practical application.
Antoine de Wasseige presented the results of the Flood Hazard Mapping for the Benin Electricity Access Scale-up Project (BEAS). The flood hazard mapping aims at providing local authorities and stakeholders with a detailed overview of the flood risk throughout the country for current and future climates.
Arash Bakhtiari presented two interesting studies: the Use of Historical Resources to Assess the Evolution of Elmina Beach, Ghana and the Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) Observations in the Belgian Scheldt Estuary as Part of OMES Monitoring Program.
Historical resources were used to create a sediment transport pathway map and supplemented the numerical modelling of sediment transport to ensure the new port design in Elmina (Ghana) does not suffer from the same sedimentation risk.
In the Belgian Scheldt Estuary, the SPM observations at the surface as a part of the OMES Monitoring Program are extended over the full water column in the recent 5 years. An overview is given of the monitoring set-up, measuring techniques, results and analysis.
Li Wang presented our two new developments on numerical models: the Automatic Calibration of a Continental Shelf Model of the North Sea Using Data Assimilation Algorithm and the Numerical Modelling of Plastic Dispersion: A Case Study of the River Scheldt
The automatic calibration enables our continental shelf model to precisely reproduce the hydrodynamics in the North Sea in a very efficient way. That saves a lot of laborious work on manual tuning for the model calibration.
Plastics pollution impose threats on both water quality and aquatic environment. Our numerical model for plastic dispersion can serve as a reliable tool to determine the most optimal positions for installation of plastic cleaner.