2013-2017: SEDITRANS - Sediment transport in fluvial, estuarine and coastal environment
Duration: 2013-2017

Principal Investigator: Athanassios A. Dimas

Funding: FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN

Research Areas: Sediment Transport, Environmental Hydraulics, Turbulent Flow, Coastal Engineering, Hydraulic Engineering

Services: Computations – Simulation, Laboratory Measurements

Sediment transport in fluvial, estuarine and coastal environment

Sediment transport in the fluvial, estuarine and coastal environment causes significant morphological changes and results in the amplification of floods, storm surges and other inundation hazards. This increases considerably the risk of failure of structures, disruption of function of networks (water, energy), destruction of ecosystems and natural resources, as well as property and human loss. The impact of sediment transport is expected to be incremented due to climate change. Thus, it is very important to advance knowledge and train future engineers in this field. SEDITRANS is a Network for the training of researchers in all application areas of sediment transport. The Network consists of six academic and four industrial partners and provides an elaborate and interdisciplinary training-through-research program to a total of 12 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) leading to a PhD and 4 postdoctoral Experienced Researchers (ERs). It includes a comprehensive academic program, secondments at industrial partners, workshops, winter and summer schools, thematic conferences, production of guidelines and complementary activities. The research will focus on: i) modeling and algorithm development for sediment transport in river and coastal flows and for inland and offshore turbidity currents or debris flows, and ii) experiments and simulations of sediment transport in river and coastal flows, and sediment-laden density underflows in reservoirs and submarine canyons. The experiments will allow for crucial phenomenological advances in the conceptual models upon which simulation tools are built. The latter, compatible with high performance computing, will be explored jointly by academic an industrial partners in real engineering applications during and after the duration of the project. This network is structured to help the coordination of research and educational activities in sediment transport in a European level and increase the European competitiveness in this important field of S&T.

At this time, SEDITRANS invites applications for 8 ESR positions to start on February or March 2014. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact directly the corresponding scientist of each position and apply before November 25, 2013. View here:
  • The partners of the Consortium,
  • The Rules of the program with respect to the fundind of the Early Stage Researchers,
  • The Call for 8 PhD positions.

Prof. Athanassios A. DIMAS
SEDITRANS Coordinator
Department of Civil Engineering, University of Patras, 26500 Patras, Greece