Sediment transport in fluvial, estuarine and coastal environment

Program at a glance

Funding Agencies

Research Executive Agency of the European Commission GRANT AGREEMENT No 607394, Marie-Curie Network for Ιnitial Training (ITN)

Program Period


Project Acronym


Project Code


Project Title

Sediment Transport in Fluvial, Estuarine and Coastal Environment

Project Coordinator

Prof. Athanassios Dimas, University of Patras (UPAT), Greece


Dept. of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering, NIREAS – International Water Research Center, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium

Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Portugal

University of Trieste (UTR), Switzerland

National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC), Portugal

FUGRO Geoconsulting (FU), Belgium

Idrostudi (IDR), Italy

STUCKY (STU), Switzerland

Principal Investigator

Dr. D. Grigoriadis

Total Budget

3,734,062 €

Nireas-IWRC Budget



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.


The research focused 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 allowed for crucial phenomenological advances in the conceptual models upon which simulation tools are built. The latter, compatible with high performance computing, was explored jointly by academic an industrial partners in real engineering applications during and after the duration of the project. This network was structured to help the coordination of research and educational activities in sediment transport in a European level and increased the European competitiveness in this important field of S&T.

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