One of the major tasks of Flanders Hydraulics Research (FHR) is to examine the water levels of navigable rivers. Our primary objective is to manage water volumes as efficiently as possible. Too much or too little water can cause serious problems for citizens, the navigation and the industry. Through thorough research we can predict critical situations and formulate appropriate measures.
The Hydrological Information Centre (HIC) carries out the operational activities. This team is responsible for field measurements. They collect and process data on precipitation, water levels, flow rates and the amount of sediment in the water. Inform the public and the watermanagers of the navigable waterways about crucial situations.
For more info on the water levels in Flanders, please visit www.waterinfo.be
This site provides measurements and forecasts of:
These measurements provide interesting study material. We turn this data into mathematical models which we then use to simulate situations of water shortage or flooding. By doing so we can give realistic advice on how to manage these problematic situations in an appropriate and effective manner.
Our HIC team works on projects on:
During long periods of drought a shortage of water occurs in the rivers and canals. Flanders Hydraulics Research (FHR) is examining how the available water in the channels can be used in the most efficient way.
Through this research we can demonstrate which measures can be taken to minimize the effects of water shortage.
This way we work towards controlling the costs and practical implications of water shortage. At the same time we predict the effects of climate changes on water availability.
These strategies are based upon hydraulic and hydrological models which are developed in specialized software: MIKE11, MIKE SHE, MIKE BASIN
FHR contributes to the following projects concerning low water strategies:
The runoff behaviour of rivers and channels provides important information in assessing the impact of flooding. Flanders Hydraulics Research (FHR) develops computer models which can simulate this behaviour. This allows us to predict what effect interventions could cause on rivers. These models enable us to anticipate the impact of a flood in relationship to the discharge. Based on this information we can calculate the resulting damages. This way we actually contribute to managing the varying volume of water in our rivers and canals.
We participate on the European Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks to realise flood risk management plans in 2015.
These simulations are performed with computer models which were developed in various software: MIKE 11, MIKE FLOOD, MIKE SHE, DELFT 3D, LATIS, ...
FHR works on various projects related to water management such as: