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International Workshop on Mountain Hydrology, Einsiedeln, Switzerland Joint Meeting of American Geophysical Union (AGU) and European Geophysical Society (EGS), Nice, France

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Federal Highway Administration
Western Federal Lands Highway Division
610 East Fifth Street
Vancouver WA 98661-3893

Trip Report

To:
Mark Browning, Ph.D., P.E.

From:
Amit Armstrong, Ph.D., P.E.
Hydraulics Engineer
Technical Services Branch

Copy:
Dennis Quarto, P.E.
Ric Suarez, P.E.
Ron Carmichael, P.E.
Jorge Pagan, P.E.

Date: May 11, 2003

International Workshop on Mountain Hydrology, Einsiedeln, Switzerland
Joint Meeting of American Geophysical Union (AGU) and European Geophysical Society (EGS), Nice, France

During March 31-April 13, 2003, I traveled to Einsieden, Switzerland and Nice, France the present my work at the abovementioned conference and represented Federal Highway Administration at these meetings.

The first conference, International Workshop in Mountain Hydrology was held at Einsiedeln, Switzerland during April 2-5, 2003. Swiss Federal Research Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, Birmensdorf, Swizerland hosted this conference. This research institute has long-term program for collecting data both at lab-scale and at field-scale for runoff measurement, bedload transport in streams, and mass movement due to debris flow/landslide. This conference was a part of the celebration for 100-years of hydrologic research at this institute. About 100 scientists and engineers representing 15 countries attended this conference. The conference was organized along the five themes:

  • Runoff from Mountain Catchments: Measurement and Modeling
  • Snow Hydrology
  • Chemistry of Mountain Stream
  • Influence of Forest on Runoff Formation
  • Past Lessons and Future Challenges in Mountain Hydrology

The topic for my presentation, "Hydrologic and Geomorphic Assessment of Debris Flow Events for Mount Hood Highway," included work conducted at Western Federal Lands Highway Division to support a feasibility study for Mount Hood Highway in Oregon. The presentation was very well received and Swiss scientist/engineers showed a significant interest in the scale of problems that is being studied at WFLHD. They also offered to explore the possibility of working together as they are dealing with similar problems in Swiss Alps.

The conference program included two field excursions: The short visit on April 3, 2003 included visit to Alptal Research Facility where field scale measurement are being made for mass movements due to debris flow/landslides and bedload transport of streams. The full-day visit on April 5, 2003 included visit to Sperbelgraben Hydrological Research Station. At this time ling-term field scale investigations are being conducted to measure the affects of deforestation and afforestation on runoff volumes and intensities.

By participating in this conference, I was able to learn new techniques for lab and field based experimentation and measurements for runoff, bedload transport, and debris flow/landslides. I also learned about the new modeling and prediction methods for debris flow/landslides. This conference also provided me an opportunity to interact with scientists and engineers from different part of the world trying to solve similar problems. Now I can learn from their experiences and try to utilize this knowledge in my work at WFLHD.

I traveled to Nice, France on April 6, 2003 to attend the First Joint Meeting of American Geophysical Union (AGU) and European Geophysical Society (EGS). This meeting was hosted at Nice Convention Center during April 7-11, 2003. More than 10,000 scientists and engineers representing more than 100 countries attended this conference. This was the largest gathering of scientists and engineers dealing with hydrology, natural hazards, atmospheric sciences, climate, geosciences, and environment.

I was responsible for convening and chairing a special session "NH 17: Hydrologic and Geomorphologic Assessment of Glacial Hazards." I also presented a poster titled "Hydrologic and Geomorphic Assessment of Debris Flow Events for Mount Hood Highway." The session included 21 presenters from 7 different countries.

Attendance at this conference provided me with an opportunity to learn about research conducted on new techniques/methods/models in hydrology, natural hazards, and environment. This conference also provided me an opportunity to interact with scientists and engineers from different part of the world trying to solve similar problems. Now I can learn from their experiences and try to utilize this knowledge in my work at WFLHD.

I returned to Vancouver, WA on April 13, 2003.

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Contact:

Amit Armstrong
Federal Lands Highway
360-619-7668
amit.armstrong@dot.gov

 
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