Clarkson University’s Distinguished Research Professor in Hydraulic Engineering Hung Tao Shen recently traveled to China to share his expertise on river ice with several Chinese institutions.
Professor Shen visited Sichuan University and Inner Mongolia Agriculture University (IMAU) to assist in their development of river ice research programs, of which Professor Shen has extensive experience. He has developed transport capacity theory for frazil ice jams and the theory on ice jam dynamics. His research group has developed comprehensive computer models for river ice processes that have been applied to rivers worldwide. Professor Shen has collaborated with many international ice researchers from Canada, China, Japan, and EU countries. He is serving as the senior technical expert of the Research Advisory Board for the River Ice Engineering Research Program at the University of Manitoba, Canada.
He is also a visiting chair professor of Sichuan University and a distinguished visiting professor of IMAU. At Sichuan University, Dr. Shen is currently working with his colleagues on computer modeling of thermal-ice regimes of large reservoirs. At IMAU, Professor Shen is advising studies on river ice processes in the Inner Mongolia reach of the Yellow River, where ice jam floods often occur and can impact reservoir operations on the River.
During the trip, Professor Shen also gave an invited lecture on “Modeling River Ice Processes – Formulation and Applications” at the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, Beijing, as part of the Institute’s Global Vision Forum. The Forum is a series of invited lectures by leading international experts on current water resources research topics.
While traveling, Professor Shen received notice that he and his graduate student, Jiajia Pan, received the Larry Gerard Medal from the Canadian Geophysical Union – Committee on River Processes and the Environment Committee for their paper on anchor ice waves. The paper indicated for the first time that significant water level and discharge fluctuations from anchor ice occur in rivers based on the field and numerical simulation findings. The paper was co-authored by two engineers with BC Hydro. This is the second time Professor Shen and his graduate students have received this prestigious award.