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


  • Dr. Diego Miralles is a visiting professor at the Department of Forestry and Water Management in the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. He examines the causes and consequences of the increasing aridity in the world. Long periods of drought and heat waves can cause heavy loss  of food crops and water scarcity. All of which threaten the future food supply. Knowledge on how drought begins and evolves is limited. By using satellite images, this research aims to discover why there is so little rain for a long time in certain places and explores what can be done about it.
  • On September 6, 2016, Minh Tu Pham has successfully defended his PhD-thesis "Copula-based stochastic modelling of evapotranspiration time series conditioned on rainfall as design tool in water resources management" and was awarded the title of Doctor of Applied Biological Sciences. The research was financed mainly by the Vietnamese Government and with the support the King Baudouin Foundation.
  • 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, ...
  • Recently, LHWM (Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Management) launched a new 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 www.GLEAM.eu.


    •  We are looking to recruit 2 Post-doctoral scientists and 2 PhD candidates within the framework of www.dry2dry.org.


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