The Laboratory of Hydrology and Water Resources Development, founded in 1998 (Greek Official Gazette 210/14-9-98) is one of the four laboratories of the Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering, of the School of Civil Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens. Its research encompasses all aspects of the water cycle, including water policy and water resources management. The Faculty Members of the laboratory are teaching in 5 undergraduate courses at the Schools of Civil Engineering and Rural and Surveying Engineering, 7 postgraduate courses at the Inter-Departmental Postgraduate Courses (IPC) “Water Resources Science and Technology” and 2 courses at the IPC “Environment and Development”. Over the last 2 decades, the laboratory has successfully undertaken numerous national, international and European research projects on water resources and the environment.
The Laboratory is equipped with modern technologies including PC Labs with extensive environmental modeling and GIS software, Experimental – Laboratory equipment, hydro-meteorological gauging stations, automatic meteorological stations in Attica (METEONET), a mobile van equipped for the measurement of hydrological parameters (hydraulic, hydro-meteorological, hydrogeological), as well as an Experimental Hydrological Basin where extensive monitoring is taking place in real time.
The Laboratory is actively involved, inter alia, in the following scientific areas: Hydrological analysis and simulation, hydrological data analysis and management, water resources assessment, assessment of extreme hydrological phenomena (floods, droughts) and their consequences, climate and its interactions with water resources, radar hydrology, studies for the exploitation and management of water resources, hydroinformatics, GIS for water resources, development of databases for hydrological and meteorological information, development of mathematical / computational hydrological models, development of mathematical / computational optimization models, development of mathematical / computational water resources management models.
End users of the Laboratory’s work include: The Ministries of Regional Development and Decentralization, Infrastructure, Transportation and Networks, Environment, Energy and Climate Change and Rural Development and Food, the Hellenic National Meteorological Service, the Public Power Corporation, the Athens Water Supply and Sewerage Company, Local Authorities and the Municipal Enterprises for Water Supply and Sewerage. The laboratory is also cooperating with water and environmental companies and consultancies on applied research and development. Over the past 5 years, the Laboratory has established an active cooperation and is a consultant of the Hellenic Central Water Agency and the European Environment Agency (EEA).