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Public Agency Flanders Hydraulics, Belgium (Flanders)


Acronym: EVFH

Country: Belgium (Flanders)

Role in CIRCLE-2: Task member in several WP



EVFH is a Public Agency for the execution of applied research in hydrology and hydraulics, nautical sciences, environmental sciences and other topics related to water, coastal zone, rivers and waterways, harbours and shipping research in Flanders, Belgium and abroad. EVFH has not an own research staff but work together with divisions of the Departments and Agencies of the Authorities of Flanders specialised in one or more of the research topics above. In this case EVFH will work together with Flanders Hydraulics Research (FHR) of the Department of Mobility and Public Works. The Hydrologic Information Centre (HIC) of FHR is dealing with integrated water policy and management. For the navigable waterways and the coastal zone they develop and maintain numerical models for impact, exposure and consequences of floods and droughts. FHR is also a partner in CRUE ERA-Net where they funded the second common research call.

The research focus is surface water, but it became clear during the last decade that climate change and climate variability is an important aspect to take into account when advising about policy and management because infrastructure has a lifetime of 50-100 years. The research program focuses on impacts of climate change on hydrology and hydraulics so main topics are sea level rise, storminess, wave evolution and the variation and trends in precipitation and evaporation. Geographically the research focuses on Flanders and North West Europe in general. There is no strict boundary in between fundamental and applied research: all research funded has to be applicable (directly or by increasing the (theoretical) knowledge needed to understand other processes).

EVFH will add research agenda contents for the part of climate change dealing with water as a science policy link. In Flanders and abroad they are experienced in larger projects with partners form universities, private consultancy companies as well as other administrations and agencies as a lead or coordination partner or providing technical/research support. They are experienced in European cooperation on project level in e.g. FP7, INTERREG NS and NWE and Life where they cooperate with FHR and in the CRUE ERA-Net where FHR is financing research in the second common call.

Key Personnel

  Fernando Pereira
photo Wouter Vanneuville
photo Freddy Wens