Week 3 of WAT course deals with environmental hydraulics and environmentally sound hydraulic engineering. They form a rapidly developing research domain with an objective to protect and restore quality of the environment when using water resources. We seek to improve our understanding of the dynamics and processes of water, sediment, vegetation, nutrients, and harmful substances in the hydro-environment. The proper understanding of the associated physical, chemical and biological attributes and processes is the basis for the development of reliable modelling tools for river hydraulics, and sediment and pollutant transport. At the Aalto University, environmental hydraulics is a transdisciplinary field combining technological, environmental, economical, and societal interests in a wide context. Our studies cover both natural and built environments, in particular rivers, agricultural channels, and urban water features.This week focuses on experimental research methods using the Environmental Hydraulics Flow Channel. You will learn how laboratory and field-scale experiments and numerical models can be used to develop potential engineering solutions to transdisciplinary problems, with a view on nature-based solutions (NBS). The broader context is treated with help of an article-based task. We'll wrap on Friday discussing both general concepts and detailed analyses.
Two exercises are organized in this week:
- 1) Weekly exercise: Flume assignment (group work; DL on Thursday)
- 2) Thematic task: Article-based task (individual work; DL on Friday).
General schedule for the week is shown in the figure, followed by the detailed daily schedule below.