Special Issue "Nature-Based Approaches in River Engineering"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydrology and Hydrogeology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. ir. Arthur E. Mynett
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Emeritus Professor, Water Science & Engineering, IHE Delft Institute for Water Education & Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
Interests: hydrodynamics; hydraulic structures; river engineering; river basin development; hydroinformatics; ecohydraulics; environmental modelling; software systems development

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For centuries, humankind has been engineering hydraulic structures in river systems to provide water security and safeguard against floods and droughts. Many levees, dikes, and embankments have been constructed to avoid or control river flooding and allow trading of goods and economic welfare. Several thousands of reservoirs have been built in all major river systems of the world for hydropower generation and to secure water supply in case of shortage. However, such measures have often induced adverse effects, notably to the environment.

More recently, the concept of ‘building-with-nature’ has been receiving considerable interest in attempts to remedy or reduce such adverse effects. This implies that the natural behavior of river systems needs to be assessed and understood at all levels of length and time scales before engineering measures can be developed to serve their particular purpose. This requires considerable research and pilot studies under different circumstances before such measures can be implemented in practice.

The scope of this Special Issue is to provide a state-of-the-art assessment of nature-based approaches in river engineering that may serve as an overview and summary of the major findings and promising directions.

Prof. Dr. ir. Arthur E. Mynett
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • river engineering
  • nature-based solutions
  • engineering measures
  • hydropower development
  • river morphology
  • eco-environmental modeling
  • ecohydraulics

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Real Time Flow Forecasting in a Mountain River Catchment Using Conceptual Models with Simple Error Correction Scheme
Water 2020, 12(5), 1484; https://doi.org/10.3390/w12051484 - 22 May 2020
Abstract
Methods in operational hydrology for real-time flash-flood forecasting need to be simple enough to match requirements of real-time system management. For this reason, hydrologic routing methods are widely used in river engineering. Among them, the popular Muskingum method is the most extended one, [...] Read more.
Methods in operational hydrology for real-time flash-flood forecasting need to be simple enough to match requirements of real-time system management. For this reason, hydrologic routing methods are widely used in river engineering. Among them, the popular Muskingum method is the most extended one, due to its simplicity and parsimonious formulation involving only two parameters. In the present application, two simple conceptual models with an error correction scheme were used. They were applied in practice to a mountain catchment located in the central Pyrenees (North of Spain), where occasional flash flooding events take place. Several relevant historical flood events have been selected for calibration and validation purposes. The models were designed to produce real-time predictions at the downstream gauge station, with variable lead times during a flood event. They generated accurate estimates of forecasted discharges at the downstream end of the river reach. For the validation data set and 2 h lead time, the estimated Nash-Sutcliffe coefficient was 0.970 for both models tested. The quality of the results, together with the simplicity of the formulations proposed, suggests an interesting potential for the practical use of these schemes for operational hydrology purposes. Full article
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