Imperial College London

DrWouterBuytaert

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Reader in Hydrology and Water Resources
 
 
 
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Contact

 

+44 (0)20 7594 1329w.buytaert Website

 
 
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Assistant

 

Miss Judith Barritt +44 (0)20 7594 5967

 
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Location

 

403ASkempton BuildingSouth Kensington Campus

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Summary

 

Meteorology and Climate Change  - CI9-EE-19

Aims

  • To provide an introduction to the atmospheric processes which govern the earth’s climate and which control the surface water fluxes of the hydrological cycle. The module starts with a synoptic overview of the earth’s energy budget as a major driver for planetary-scale motion and atmospheric instabilities.
  • This includes the issue of climate change, the possible reasons for climate change, and natural variability of climate. Subsequently, the processes behind rainfall generation are considered. Lastly global and regional climate models are introduced and their use in weather forecasts and climate change projections is discussed.
  • The module includes an excursion to the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts in Reading.

Role

Course Leader

Hydrometry - CI9-EE-15

Aims

  • To introduce the concepts and techniques used in hydrometry, focusing on description of the theory and practice behind traditional, new, and future techniques of measuring hydrological fluxes.
  • To cover the theoretical basis of streamflow and precipitation measurements, drawing on theory from associated modules, but concentrating on the practical issues governing choice of methods, accuracy and cost.
  • To introduce new and emerging methods for hydrometeorological measurements, with focus on remote sensing and pervasive sensing networks.
  • Describe and discuss data storage, quality control further processing.

Role

Course Leader

Water Quality Engineering and Ecohydrology - CI9-EE-30

Aims

  • To introduce water quality issues, and the basic concepts of surface water quality assessment, modelling and engineering. Models of pollution transport are described.
  • To cover methods of modelling organic pollution, nutrients, toxins and sediment quality in rivers and lakes. Through a combination of lectures and practical sessions, dynamic models of river and lake water quality are described and developed.
  • Students are taught how to develop their own models, and are introduced into how models are used in practice.
  • The course concludes with two lectures on catchment water quality management and two on hydro-ecology.

Role

Course Leader

Environmental Management in Developing Countries - CI9-EE-09

Aims

  • Gain insight and understanding of the inter-relationships between water, wastes and health in developing countries. 
  • Examine the issues of tropical public health, and study an introduction to epidemiology and water-borne, insect-borne and helminth diseases and their control in relation to water supply, sanitation and irrigation.
  • Consider impacts of air pollution. Particular topics include the choice of water source and its protection, low-cost water treatment, distribution and storage, planning and design of low-cost sanitation, effluent re-use, and waste management and disposal in environmentally developing countries.
  • Provide examples of field practice and case studies.
  • Cover a broad range of multidisciplinary subject fields relevant to environmental management in developing countries.

Role

Lecturer

Environmental Engineering: Water Resource and Supply Engineering - CI2-260

Aims

  • To provide a basic introduction to the subjects of hydrology, water resources and flood estimation and management as distinct themes within Environmental Engineering.
  • By drawing on the first year courses on Environmental Engineering Science (CI1-160) and Fluid Mechanics (CI1-140), the module seeks to provide a quantitative framework to describe the natural water cycle and the engineering approach to two archetypical water resources challenges that water engineers face: the exploitation and planning of water resources and estimation and management of excess water, i.e. floods.
  • The course serves as an introduction to aspects of the third year Environmental Engineering course (CI3-360), and the fourth year electives of Water and Wastewater Engineering (CI4-461) and Water Resource Engineering (CI4-462).

Role

Lecturer