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Academic mission

LHWM is part of the department of Forest and Water Management at Ghent University.
The research at LHWM comprises different areas:

  • Remote sensing observation of hydrological variables and data assimilation.
  • Physically-based modelling of surface hydrology and land-atmosphere interactions.
  • Application of advanced mathematics to hydrology, ecology and climate.
  • Study of global hydrology and climate from observations and models.

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

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

News and Events


  • Pedro Hervé received the 2017 “MG Anderson Award for outstanding paper of the year for his paper Assessing the ‘two water worlds’ hypothesis and water sources for native and exotic evergreen species in south-central Chile”. The journal “Hydrological Processes” selects each year one outstanding paper for its contribution to the field of hydrological processes. With this award, the Editors of Hydrological Processes, supported by the Associate Editor team, selected the paper for its “originality, advancement to the field and likely exceptional influence on the community”.

  • Diego Miralles has been awarded the European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2016 Young Leonardo Lecture at the University of Vigo, in recognition to his outstanding contribution to the study of the interactions between the terrestrial and atmospheric branches of the hydrological cycle.
  •  Diego Miralles, visiting professor at LWHM, just received a prestigious European Reseach Council (ERC) research grant. Over the next five years, his team at LHWM will be examining the evolution of drought events. The project DRY–2–DRY will use novel satellite observations in combination with new mechanistic models to uncover why rainfall deficits occur and propagate. Findings will reveal if droughts are able to self-intensify and self-concatenate, and whether by changing land cover it is possible to prevent their occurrence. This will enable progress towards accurate short-term and long-term drought forecasts. For more information about the project and vacancies, visit www.dry2dry.org.
  • 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 of 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.


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