Side Events

Side events have been cancelled due to COVID-19


Organizer: Deltares
Date: Monday 6 July 2020
Fee: This event is free of charge.
Location: Deltares, Delft.


For all river engineers and scientists that sometimes wonder:

  • How to communicate with river managers, and how to solve their challenges?
  • How to set up an effective measurement campaign?
  • How to select an appropriate modelling approach?
  • How to identify a fit-for-purpose model?
Deltares is proudly hosting a side event within the international conference River Flow 2020. We will address the typical questions we face as river engineering consultants in projects. We will do this in real case-examples for rivers in Brazil and India. The questions will raise as they would in your own projects. You will be guided to resolve these and we will demonstrate how Deltares dealt with these questions.

In this event, you will bridge science to practice and apply the latest scientific development to realistic cases.


Victor Chavarrias



Organizers: IAHR/WMO/IAHS
Dates: 2-4 July 2020
Location: WUR, Wageningen.


Description: The 5th IAHR-WMO-IAHS Training course on stream gauging is being organized as a side event of the River Flow 2020 conference. Participants of the course will learn the basics about hydrometry, both in theory and with hands-on experience performing different kinds of measurements and learning how to post-process collected data and assess its quality. In the last part of the course, participants will learn about the state of the art and innovative developments in stream gauging techniques. The course is taught by internationally recognized experts and targets students and professional field hydrologists.

Vermeulen, Bart 
Wageningen University

Ton Hoitink
Wageningen University

Jérôme Le Coz
INRAE Lyon-Grenoble

NCR short course on the use of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and Google Earth Engine (GGE) in River Research


Organizer: NCR, Netherlands Centre for River Studies
Date: Friday 10 July 2020. Please note that this day coincides with the technical tour of RiverFlow. You cannot attend both events!
Fee: This event is free of charge.
Location: Deltares, Delft.
A maximum number of participants: 25.

NCR organizes a short course on UAV and GGE. at  Half a day is dedicated to UAV, and half a day is dedicated to GGE.

Description (1): Google Earth Engine combines a multi-petabyte catalog of satellite imagery and geospatial datasets with planetary-scale analysis capabilities and makes it available for scientists, researchers, and developers to detect changes, map trends, and quantify differences on the Earth’s surface. In this workshop, you will get a hand-on introduction to work with the Google Earth Engine, how to write and share scripts to do planetary-scale geospatial processing, and how to produce professional-looking maps using QGIS and Google Earth Engine. This course will provide an introduction to the Google Earth Engine platform (basic to intermediate levels).

Description (2): UAVs have reached a tipping point in geoscience research such that they are near-ubiquitous and commonly used in data collection. In this way they are opening new ways to study and understand sediments, processes and other river landscape properties at spatial and temporal scales that is close to the scale of the processes that operate. However this implies that non experts are entering the field of photography, image interpretation, photogrammetry and 3D modelling often without a solid grounding in the principles of surveying. This course aims at providing a solid foundation for UAV users in order to avoid simple mistakes that can lead to legal restrictions, UAV loss, operational problems and poor quality data. We will introduce pre-flight, in-flight, and post-flight procedures that aim at optimizing the collection of high-quality imagery for subsequent downstream processing. We will also demonstrate the analyses of data by means of the existing state of the art commercial software, such as Pix4D and Metashape for point cloud analysis, and eCognition for object-based image analysis. We will also demonstrate the use of open-source/open-access alternative software like Cloud Compare and Orfeo Toolbox and discuss their potential.

Contact GGE: Gennadii Donchyts

Contact UAV: Paolo Paron


Organizer: IHE-Delft, UC Davis.
Dates: 12-15 July 2020.
Location: Delft.

Workshop organized in the framework of the joint educational offer by IHE Delft and UC Davis. Three short courses on relevant topics to water engineers and managers will be offered (drought management, rivers dynamics and ecology). A study trip will be held in the first half-day of the course.

More updates soon.

Mário Franca

Nicholas Pinter
UC Davis