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Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management


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The Laboratory is part of the Department of Forest and Water Management at Ghent University.

It is active in three domains: research, teaching and services.


Our research can be subdivided into a number of items:

  • multi-scale observation of hydrologic variables, mainly through remote sensing
  • physically-based modelling of land-atmosphere interactions
  • data assimilation
  • parameter estimation
  • ecohydrology
  • application of advanced mathematical techniques in different hydrological studies





The Laboratory is responsible for teaching courses in Fluid dynamics, Hydraulics, Water resource engineering, Groundwater flow, Hydrology, Hydrologic modelling, Geographic Information Systems in hydrology, and Irrigation and drainage.

The services of the Laboratory mainly concern advice to governments and organisations and the participation in national and international hydrological organisations.


News and Events

  • Recently, LHWM (Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management) launched a newGleam website in collaboration with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and the European Space Agency (ESA). The website is used as a gateway to access data from the Global Land Evaporation Amsterdam Model (GLEAM), developed by the VU and LHWM (Ghent University). GLEAM is a simple hydrological model driven by satellite observations that estimates the volumes of water evaporated from the continents into the atmosphere. The datasets from GLEAM are freely available from

  • Minh Tu Pham has won the "Ernest Du Bois prize" of the King Baudouin Foundation. This prize (20000 euro) is given to doctoral research that is within its final stage (2 years before defence) and that aims at challenges with respect to the theme of water and its application in the world, the protection of the water resources, pollution problems, ...




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