Engineering Hydrology chair is one of the seven chairs in the Faculty of Civil and Water Resources Engineering of Bahir Dar Institute of Technology. In general both civil and water resources and environmental engineering programs are all about people that give us quality of life. Hence they must deal with water. Besides, understanding the fact that freshwater water resource is indispensable finite natural resources it has to be assessed and managed properly. With due consideration of these facts and principles, courses that leads the students to acquire the required knowledge and skill in assessing and managing water resources are identified and incorporated in both civil and water resources and environmental engineering programs. Hydrology chair is therefore established to effectively manage and administer courses and staff related to the chair.
The chair principally consists of two major components: the assessment of water resources and its planning. The courses that are related to these components and incorporated in the both programs are given below.
The chair facilitates and administers the undergraduate courses such as: introductory hydrology; engineering hydrology; groundwater hydrology; water resources development; GIS and remote sensing; soil and water conservation engineering; environmental pollution and environmental impact assessment; environmental law; flood and drought management.
There is graduate program leading to MSc in Engineering Hydrology and PhD in Integrated Water Management in the Faculty of Civil and Water Resources Engineering. The chair is fully responsible to administer these programs. The responsibility involves managing and monitoring effective delivery of the courses and facilitating and supervising the progress of student’s thesis work and their final completion. The chair is also responsible to continuously review and update the curriculum and if necessary develop other new curricula that are related to the chair and proven to be in line with the national and regional human resources needs.
Research and community services
Like any other higher education academic units, the chair is actively involved in research and community services. The research include the following fields: precipitation processes, soil water infiltration and runoff formation, river basin response, hydrologic extremes, flood runoff generation, flood-routing, and flood forecasting, hydrologic modeling, soil erosion and sediment transport, climate change impact on hydrology and water resources, water balance analysis and modeling, optimal allocation and management of water resources and geospatial analysis with GIS and remote sensing of hydrological processes.