The Research Unit Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Hydromechanics is concerned with the science and technology of natural and built water systems. Understanding processes in natural systems is a prerequisite for designing sustainable engineering measures.


Our core competence is water movement and its interactions with sediment transport, ecological processes and built structures. Our research is mainly inspired by problems in hydraulic engineering practice. We develop and improve tools and methods for engineering practice based on a better insight into the relevant eco-hydro-morphological processes.Our methodology exploits synergies between field measurements, laboratory experiments, numerical modelling and theoretical / conceptual modelling. Furthermore, we contribute to the development and improvement of monitoring and measurement techniques.


Our development and innovation activities mainly concern the design and / or optimisation of hydraulic structures by combining numerical simulations with scaled laboratory experiments in the 1600 m2 hydraulic laboratory.


Our teaching in civil and environmental engineering studies provides students with sound basic knowledge that enables them to grasp a wide range of topics in hydraulic engineering practice. Our students are also trained in non-technical skills, such as teamwork, oral presentations and report writing.