IIHR Hosts International Symposium

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Some 100 leading environmental researchers will examine shallow water flows

By Gary Galluzzo
University of Iowa

The University of Iowa College of Engineering’s world-renowned research unit IIHR—Hydroscience and Engineering will host the Third International Symposium on Shallow Flows June 4-6 at the C. Maxwell Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory in Iowa City.


About 100 leading academic researchers in the area of environmental hydraulics and environmental fluid mechanics from around the world are expected to attend. Previous meetings were held in Delft, Netherlands, in 2003 and Hong Kong in 2008.

Shallow water flows, such as alluvial flows at the mouth of a river or stream, play an important role in land and water interaction in floods and other phenomena. Shallow water models are routinely used for coastal construction activities, as well as to aid in risk assessment.

George Constantinescu, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and symposium chair, says the conference will serve as an opportunity for experts in many fields of environment and water resources to share ideas and discussion on the latest research.

IIHR Director Larry Weber says the fact that the symposium is being held in Iowa City is a tribute to the work and international reputation of IIHR researchers.

“This symposium is a great opportunity for our students and faculty to interact with top researchers from around the world, and to highlight the unique research programs of IIHR.” says Weber.

The symposium is sponsored in part by the National Science Foundation.

Find additional information about the symposium on the IIHR website.