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 - CIVE97045

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. 
  • To give  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. 
  • To explain the synoptic and local processes that drive rainfall generation at different spatial and temporal scales. 
  • To introduce global and regional climate models and their use in weather forecasts and climate change projections.  

Role

Course Leader

Hydrometry - CIVE97043

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 - CIVE97055

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 - CIVE97037

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 - CIVE95011

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