Track Hydraulic Engineering

What if deltas were not protected against flooding? What if beaches no longer existed for recreation, and rivers and coastal seas lost their incredible value for nature? What if major ports like Shanghai and Rotterdam could not expand through land reclamation? Can we imagine a world without hydraulic engineering?

In the master track Hydraulic Engineering you will learn to develop engineering solutions for complex problems in water systems, like rivers, estuaries, coasts, seas and oceans. You learn how to model, design and analyse water systems that provide flood protection, navigation, ecology, freshwater supply, water quality and port operability to society. You are taught how to predict the impact of natural and anthropogenic changes on the water systems and how to account for the uncertainties that these changes create. You will gain knowledge about the physics of waves, flow and sediment transport processes and flood risk analysis and learn how to design and assess the interventions in water systems from the consequences’ standpoint. You will do so in the context of climate change, economic growth, rapid urbanisation and increasing environmental awareness.

Key features

➨ Assess the response of rivers, coasts, and estuaries to natural and anthropogenic change.

➨ Solve problems in these systems by effective engineering design.

➨ Perform (flood) risk analyses, deal with uncertainty and evaluate the reliability and safety of hydraulic structures.

➨ Use and develop state of the art technologies for laboratory experiments, field measurements and remotely-sensed data.

➨ Work closely with industry, research institutes and government.

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