Researcher biography

Hubert Chanson is a Professor in Civil Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering and Environmental Fluid Mechanics at the University of Queensland, Australia. His research interests include design of hydraulic structures, experimental investigations of two-phase flows, applied hydrodynamics, hydraulic engineering, water quality modelling, environmental fluid mechanics, estuarine processes and natural resources. He has been an active consultant for both governmental agencies and private organisations. Hubert Chanson is the author of twenty books, including "Hydraulic Design of Stepped Cascades, Channels, Weirs and Spillways" (Pergamon, 1995), "Air Bubble Entrainment in Free-Surface Turbulent Shear Flows" (Academic Press, 1997), "The Hydraulics of Open Channel Flow : An Introduction" (Butterworth-Heinemann, 1st edition 1999, 2nd editon 2004), "The Hydraulics of Stepped Chutes and Spillways" (Balkema, 2001), "Environmental Hydraulics of Open Channel Flows" (Butterworth-Heinemann, 2004), "Tidal Bores, Aegir, Eagre, Mascaret, Pororoca: Theory And Observations" (World Scientific, 2011) and "Applied Hydrodynamics: an Introduction" (CRC Press, 2014). He co-authored two further books "Fluid Mechanics for Ecologists" (IPC Press, 2002) and "Fluid Mechanics for Ecologists. Student Edition" (IPC, 2006). His textbook "The Hydraulics of Open Channel Flows : An Introduction" has already been translated into Spanish (McGraw-Hill Interamericana) and Chinese (Hydrology Bureau of Yellow River Conservancy Committee), and the second edition was published in 2004. In 2003, the IAHR presented him with the 13th Arthur Ippen Award for outstanding achievements in hydraulic engineering. The American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI) presented him with the 2004 award for the Best Practice paper in the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering ("Energy Dissipation and Air Entrainment in Stepped Storm Waterway" by Chanson and Toombes 2002). Hubert Chanson edited further several books : "Fluvial, Environmental and Coastal Developments in Hydraulic Engineering" (Mossa, Yasuda & Chanson 2004, Balkema), "Hydraulics. The Next Wave" (Chanson & Macintosh 2004, Engineers Australia), "Hydraulic Structures: a Challenge to Engineers and Researchers" (Matos & Chanson 2006, The University of Queensland), "Experiences and Challenges in Sewers: Measurements and Hydrodynamics" (Larrate & Chanson 2008, The University of Queensland), "Hydraulic Structures: Useful Water Harvesting Systems or Relics?" (Janssen & Chanson 2010, The University of Queensland), "Balance and Uncertainty: Water in a Changing World" (Valentine et al. 2011, Engineers Australia), "Hydraulic Structures and Society – Engineering Challenges and Extremes" (Chanson and Toombes 2014, University of Queensland), "Energy Dissipation in Hydraulic Structures" (Chanson 2015, IAHR Monograph, CRC Press). He chaired the Organisation of the 34th IAHR World Congress held in Brisbane, Australia between 26 June and 1 July 2011. He chaired the Scientific Committee of the 5th IAHR International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures held in Brisbane in June 2014. The International Association for Hydraulic engineering and Research (IAHR) presented Hubert Chanson the 13th Arthur Ippen award for outstanding achievements in hydraulic engineering. This award is regarded as the highest achievement in hydraulic research. The American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI) presented him with the 2004 award for the best practice paper in the Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering ("Energy Dissipation and Air Entrainment in Stepped Storm Waterway" by Chanson and Toombes 2002). In 1999 he was awarded a Doctor of Engineering from the University of Queensland for outstanding research achievements in gas-liquid bubbly flows.

He has been awarded seven fellowships from the Australian Academy of Science. In 1995 he was a Visiting Associate Professor at National Cheng Kung University (Taiwan R.O.C.). He was Visiting Research Fellow at Toyohashi University of Technology (Japan) in 1999, 2001 and 2008. In 2004, he was a Visiting Professorial Fellow at Université de Bretagne Occidentale (France), and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées (France) and at McGill University (Canada). In 2008, he was an invited Professor at the Université de Bordeaux, Laboratoire des Transferts, Ecoulements, Fluides, et Energetique.

Hubert Chanson was invited to deliver keynote lectures at the 1998 ASME Fluids Engineering Symposium on Flow Aeration (Washington DC), at the Workshop on Flow Characteristics around Hydraulic Structures (Nihon University, Japan 1998), at the first International Conference of the International Federation for Environmental Management System IFEMS'01 (Tsurugi, Japan 2001), at the 6th International Conference on Civil Engineering (Isfahan, Iran 2003), at the 2003 IAHR Biennial Congress (Thessaloniki, Greece), at the International Conference on Hydraulic Design of Dams and River Structures HDRS'04 (Tehran, Iran 2004), at the 9th International Symposium on River Sedimentation ISRS04 (Yichang, China 2004), at the International Junior Researcher and Engineer Workshop on Hydraulic Structures IJREW'06 (Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal 2006), at the 2nd International Conference on Estuaries & Coasts ICEC-2006 (Guangzhou, China 2006), at the 16th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference 16AFMC (Gold Coast, Australia 2007), at the 2008 ASCE-EWRI World Environmental and Water Resources Congress (Hawaii, USA 2008), the 2nd International Junior Researcher and Engineer Workshop on Hydraulic Structures IJREW'08 (Pisa, Italy 2008), the 11th Congrès Francophone des Techniques Laser CTFL 2008 (Poitiers, France 2008), International Workshop on Environmental Hydraulics IWEH09 (Valencia, Spain 2009), 17th Congress of IAHR Asia and Pacific Division (Auckland, New Zealand 2010), International Symposium on Water and City in Kanazawa - Tradition, Culture and Climate (Japan 2010), 2nd International Conference on Coastal Zone Engineering and Management (Arabian Coast 2010) (Oman 2010), NSF Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) Workshop on "Modelling of Flood Hazards and Geomorphic Impacts of Levee Breach and Dam Failure" (Auckland 2012), . He gave invited lectures at the International Workshop on Hydraulics of Stepped Spillways (ETH-Zürich, 2000), at the 2001 IAHR Biennial Congress (Beijing, China), at the International Workshop on State-of-the-Art in Hydraulic Engineering (Bari, Italy 2004), at the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories Open Access Forum (Brisbane, Australia 2008), at the 4th International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures (Porto, Portugal 2012). He lectured several short courses in Australia and overseas (e.g. Taiwan, Japan, Italy).