Mario Franca

Professor of Hydraulic Engineering for River Basin Development, IHE Delft and TUDelft
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About Mario Franca

Mario Franca is Professor of Hydraulic Engineering for River Basin Development at IHE Delft and at the Department of Hydraulic Engineering of the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Before joining IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Mario held academic positions as Research and Teaching Associate at the EPFL, as Assistant Professor at the New University of Lisbon and at the University of Coimbra (Portugal), and as Senior Member of the Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre (Portugal). He served in many instances as consultant in hydraulic engineering and he was head of the hydraulics department in an engineering company, having participated and directed applied projects on dams, hydropower, water supply, river engineering, drainage, mining sites, emergency planning and safety of hydraulic infrastructures. He has served and serves in several faculty commissions, in Lisbon and Lausanne, and was involved in a MOOC on Fluvial Hydraulics. Mário's research focus on river hydraulics; turbulent processes in open channel flows; fluvial geomorphology and morphodynamics; density currents; and non-conventional hydropower production in supply networks. Recently he is interested also on socio-hydrology and on the global impact of hydraulic natural and built structures. He is author of several scientific publications and regularly gives invited research seminars in these fields of research. Mario is an active memeber of IAHR, EGU and AGU. He was part of the local organizing committees of the River Flow conferences in 2006 and 2014 and now of River Flow 2020, in Lisbon, Lausanne and Delft respectively. He is part of the leading teams of the IAHR sections on Fluvial Hydraulics and Experimental Methods and Instrumentation, he is convener of sessions at EGU General Assembly and he is associate editor of Water Resources Research (AGU).

Areas of expertise

River infrastructure

Areas of Interest

Education The science of implementation

Your work place

Research or education institution, academia

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