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Canada Research Chair in Modelling Complex Hydro-Environmental Systems

Phone: (514) 340-4711 Ext. 3927 Room: B-431.4.4 Pavillon principal
Student research project(s)

Research areas description

Rivers, lakes, and coastlines are some of Canada’s most precious resources. These hydro-environmental systems  play a central role in the economy and the environment. They can also be the source of devastating natural and man-made hazards, such as flooding. But despite scientific advances in the field, predicting the behaviours of these systems remains a challenge.

As Canada Research Chair in Modelling Complex Hydro-environmental Systems, Prof. Ahmad Shakibaeinia intends to bring together the power of computers and cutting-edge mathematical and numerical algorithms to build accurate and efficient tools that can predict the behaviours of complex hydro-environmental systems.  The advent of powerful computers has provided us with the opportunity to solve some of the most challenging problems facing science and engineering today. Shakibaeinia believes hydro-environmental systems can benefit from these computers. But computer power alone is not enough. We also need powerful algorithms for accurate and efficient simulations.

Prof. Shakibaeinia and his research team are focusing on developing computer models for multiphase hydro-environmental flows, where water interacts with air, sediments, ice and many other natural and artificial substances. In addition, they are working on the extreme flow conditions that occur during floods, tsunamis, storm surges and debris avalanches.  Their research is bringing an in-depth understanding to the complex physics of these flows. Ultimately, it will help mitigate the impact of water-related hazards on human lives and infrastructure, optimize engineering designs, and protect aquatic environments in the years to come.

Research interests

Expertise type(s) (NSERC subjects)
  • 1005 Hydraulic engineering
  • 2200 FLUID MECHANICS
  • 2202 Multi-phase systems
  • 2203 Modelling, simulation

Research staff

Professors / researchers (1)
Number of graduate students: 7
Number of research agents: 1

External sources of funding

  • NSERC/CRSNG
  • Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT)
  • NVidia