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IAHR Asia and Pacific Regional Division

APD website: http://www.iahrapd.org/Apd/index.htm

Next Events

  • 21st Congress of the Asian Pacific Division of IAHR, 2-5 September 2018, Yogyakarta, Indonesia Website

Leadership Team (2017-2018)


Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology

Vice Chair

Unitec Institute of Technology

Past Chair

Dept of Civil Engineering Tohoku University 

Secretary General

Department of Land, Water and Environment Research,
Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology


Programme Officer

Division's Aims

The main objectives of the Division shall be:

  • to promote the science of hydraulics and its application in all relevant fields in the geographic regions;
  • to promote professional competence of individuals in the regions engaged in the development and application of the sciences to the hydrosphere;
  • to contribute to the solution of regional problems in the field of hydraulics;
  • to provide a forum of exchange of information among researchers and practitioners in the regional community.

The Division’s activities mainly include:

  • organizational development of the Division's areas of endeavour;
  • conduct of regional congresses and conferences;
  • publication of monographs, proceedings of congresses, papers in the Journal of Hydraulic Research;
  • cooperation and co-ordination with other divisions and sections;
  • provision of a regional clearing house for information related to all aspects of hydraulics and their practical application.


IAHR Hydro-Environment Asia and Pacific Division Heritage Award

The IAHR Regional Hydro-Environment Heritage Award is conferred by IAHR during one or more of the Asia and Pacific Division Congresses on a local infrastructure of lasting and international importance. It has the purpose of giving international professional recognition to the work of local hydro-environment engineers, and should demonstrably have stood the test of time (and be at least one hundred years old) and be accepted and valued nationally.
  • 2016: The first ever Water Heritage Award was awarded to “Parakrama Samudraya” a reservoir aimed at irrigation and constructed in the 11th century. It has a surface area of 22,600,000 m2 and a catchment area of 75,000,000 m2
Award being presented by APD Chair Prof Woo to President Institute of Engineers Sri Lanka 

Distinguished IAHR-APD Membership Award

APD Best Paper Award

  • 2012: “Analysis of dispersion characteristic using tracer test in natural stream” by Il Won Seo, 18th IAHR- APD Congress, Jegu
  • 2010: “The structure of flows in suspended aquaculture canopies” by David Plew, 17th IAHR-APD Congress, Auckland

Past Events and Publications


  • 20th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, 29-30 August 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka Website Report Poster
  • 19th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, 21-24 September 2014, Thuyloi University, Hanoi, Vietnam Website Table of contents Poster Contact membership@iahr.org 
  • 18th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, 20-23 August 2012, Jeju, Korea Table of contents Contact membership@iahr.org 
  • 17th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, 2010, Auckland, New Zealand. Table of contents Contact membership@iahr.org 
  • 16th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, 2008, Nanjing, China. Tsinghua University Press, 6 volumes. Contact membership@iahr.org
  • 15th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, 2006, Chennai, India. IIT Chennai, 4 volumes. Contact membership@iahr.org
  • 14th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, 2004, Hong Kong, China, 2 volumes. Contact membership@iahr.org
  • 13th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, 2002, Singapore. Published by World Scientific Ed. John Junke Guo, 2 volumes.
  • 12th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, 2000, Bangkok, Thailand (2000). Prof. A. Das Gupta, Water Engineering and Management Program, School of Civil Engineering, Asian Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 4, Klong Luang Pathumthani, 12120 Thailand. E-mail: adg@ait.ac.th
  • 11th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, 8-10 September 1998, Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Prof. Dr. Sri Harto Br., Dip. H., Faculty of Engineering, Gadja Mada University, Jl. Grafika 2, Kampus UGM Yogyakarta, 55281, Indonesia. e-mail: FTUGM@yogya.wasantara.net.id ; sriharto@tsipil.ugm.ac.id
  • 10th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR,1996, Langkawi Island, Malaysia. Secretariat National Hydraulics Research, Institute of Malaysia, Block A, JPS Malaysia (Ampang Branch), Jalan Air Bukit, 6800 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 9th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, August 24-26, 1994, Singapore. From Ass.Prof. Cheong, Ken-Air Skylinks, 35 Selegie Road, #09-19 Parklane Shopping Mall, Singapore 0718.
  • 8th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, October 20-23, 1992, Pune, India. Dr. P.P. Vaidyaraman, Director Central Water and Power Research Station, Pune 411024, India.
  • 7th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, November 13-16, 1990, Beijing, China. 3 volumes. From Prof. A. Das Gupta, Asian Institute of Technology, Division of WRE, P.O. Box 2754, Bangkok 10501, Thailand Fax: 66-2-5162126 or Mr Wang Lianxiang, Institute of Water Conservancy and Hydro-electric Power Research, P.O. Box 366, Beijing 100044, China. Fax: 86-1-8412539.
  • 6th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR (APD-IAHR), Kyoto, Japan (1988). 6 volumes, 241 papers, 1906 p. Prof. Y. Iwasa, Dept. Dept. of Civil Engineering, Kyoto University, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606, Japan.
  • International Conference on Water Resources & Environmental Research Towards the 21st Century, October 29-31, 1996, Kyoto, Japan. Prof. S. Ikebuchi, Water Resources Research Center, Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611, Japan
  • 5th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, 1986, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4th Congress of the Asia and Pacific Division of IAHR, 1984, Chiang Mai, Thailand


Journal of Hydro-Environment Research
Sponsored by the Korea Water Resources Association

The journal aims to provide an international platform for the dissemination of research and engineering applications related to water and hydraulic problems in the Asia-Pacific region. The journal provides a wide distribution at affordable subscription rate, as well as a rapid reviewing and publication time. The journal particularly encourages papers from young researchers.


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