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IIHR Hosts Shallow Flows Conference

Posted on June 11th, 2012
Researchers from around the world gathered at the conference. Pictured left to right: Joe Fernando, University of Notre Dame, Peter Davies, University of Dundee, U.K., and Scott Sokolovsky, Texas A&M.

Researchers from around the world gathered at the conference. Pictured left to right: Joe Fernando, University of Notre Dame, Peter Davies, University of Dundee, U.K., and Scott Sokolovsky, Texas A&M.

IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering hosted the Third International Symposium on Shallow Flows (ISSF) June 4–6 at the Seamans Center in Iowa City.

Symposium chair George Constantinescu reports that close to 140 leading academic researchers in the area of environmental fluid mechanics gathered in Iowa City from 21 countries around the world. Previous ISSF 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.

ISSF chair George Constantinescu.

ISSF chair George Constantinescu.

Constantinescu, who is an IIHR associate research engineer as well as an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, says the conference provided a forum for experts in many fields of environment and water resources. “The conference was a truly outstanding opportunity for researchers to share information and exchange ideas,” Constantinescu says.

IIHR Director Larry Weber (right) greets Eckart Meiburg of the University of California-Santa Barbara.

IIHR Director Larry Weber (right) greets Eckart Meiburg of the University of California-Santa Barbara.

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,” Weber says.

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

Visit the ISSF symposium webpage for additional information.

 

 

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