River Engineering and Flood Protection

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141REFP Z,ZK 6 3P+2C English
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Petr Sklenář
Petr Sklenář
Department of Hydraulics and Hydrology

The course addresses the design and dimensioning of river engineering works to create and ensure the sufficient capacity of a channel as well as to ensure the ecological functions of the watercourse. Design of channels and modifications of formerly heavily engineered channels involves concepts and techniques of open-channel hydraulics and fluvial geomorphology. Special attention is paid to the engineering of river channels in heavily urbanized areas and in predominantly rural landscapes.


No prerequisites.

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Rivers in landscape and their functions, concept of the river as a linear continuum, longitudinal and transverse channel variability.

2. River classification, factors influencing development of river network, channel-forming flow, river survey and monitoring.

3. Steady and unsteady flow conditions, principles of modelling and simulation in HEC-RAS, flow transition and its hydraulic description.

4. Two-stage channel flows, inbank and outbank flows, compound channels.

5. Natural and engineered channels, channel dimensioning and design procedures, river management techniques in urbanized and rural areas.

6. Bank and bed erosion, stability of channel bed and bank slopes, types of hydraulic loadings and its determination, channel revetments design procedure.

7. Renaturalization and restoration of engineered channels, improvement of physical conditions and habitats for instream life.

8. Quality of river water and its control, biology of stream life, sources of pollution, dispersion of heat or dissolved matter.

9. Maintenance of river corridor and channels, regular maintenance river reach checks, flood control structure inspection, dredging, river vegetation and ice management.

10. Response of river channels, corridor and basin to human impacts, magnitude of change, resistance to change, time of recovery.

11. Operational management of flood protection, flood forecasting and control, awareness, preparedness, rescue service.

12. Land use planning in flood areas, flood protection measures, flood risk mapping, flood hazards and mitigation plans.

13. EU water policy, planning and protecting surface water bodies, cooperation on international rivers (Elbe, Donau, Rhine).

Syllabus of tutorials:

Students prepare essays on Flood protection measures / Flood management based on their home countries' experiences.

Study Objective:

Students will learn to understand the role and importance of river engineering works within multipurpose water engineering and water management. A fluvial system can be seen from a long-term perspective as the main agent of the landscape (riverscape) change due to erosion, aggradation and transport processes.

Students will master the physical laws governing the flow of water, transport of sediment, dispersion of solute, and morphological changes. They will be able to design the main regulating measures in channels, i.e. flow-guiding structures, artificial levees, and channel revetments, as examples, and eliminate the negative impacts of introduced human activities.

Study materials:

Essential literature:

[1] Charlton, R. 2007: Fundamentals of Fluvial Geomorphology. London:Routledge. ISBN: 0-415-33453-5.

[2] Schumm, S., A. 2005: River Variability and Complexity. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 0-521-84671-4.

[3] Julien, P.,Y. 2018: River Mechanics. Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 1-107-46277-9.

Suggested literature:

[4] Strahler, A. 2011: Introducing Physical Geography. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 0-470-41811-7.

[5] Escarameia, M. 1998: River and channel revetments: A design manual. Thomas Telford Publ. ISBN: 0-7277-2691-9.

Study aids:

[6] Environment Agency 2009: The Fluvial Design Guide. (web site


[7] The River Restoration Centre (since 1997): Manual of River Restoration Techniques. (web site


Further information:
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