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You are here : Technical Divisions : IPD. Innovation and Professional Development : Oil Spill Modelling WG

IAHR Oil Spill Modelling Working Group


Next Event

  • Special One-Day Session on Oil Spill Modelling at the 36th IAHR World Congress, The Hague (2 July 2015)

Leadership Team



Prof. Poojitha D. Yapa
Clarkson University, New York, USA

Vice Chair

Dr. Khaled Al-Banaa
Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research, Kuwait

Core Members
  • Dr. Bruce Hollebone, Environment Canada, Canada
  • Dr. Bill Lehr, NOAA, USA
  • Dr. Mark Reed, SINTEF, Norway
  • Prof. Peter Sheng, University of Florida, USA
  • Dr. Thorsten Stoesser, Cardiff School of Engineering, UK


Soon after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, in July 2010, during the International Symposium on Environmental Hydraulics (ISEH) in Athens, a group of leading scientists and experts from the international environmental fluid mechanics community organized an impromptu meeting to discuss the impact and modeling of oil spills. Professor Poojitha Yapa of Clarkson University, USA, discussed his work on modeling of oil and gas released from the deep water and Dr. Khaled Al Banaa of the Kuwait Institute of Scientific Research discussed the 1990 oil spills in the Gulf. It was unanimously agreed by those present that there is a need for more inter-disciplinary scientific research to improve the understanding of the processes affecting the migration and spreading of oil spills and to validate different models for oil spill prediction.

As a result of this Athens meeting a special workshop was arranged and held in Kuwait in November 2011 under the sponsorship of Kuwait Oil Corporation and Kuwait Institute of scientific Research. Many of the leading experts on oil spill processes and model modeling presented special lectures at this workshop. Five oil spill sessions were also sponsored at the ISEH held in Singapore in January 2014.


Based on the previous activity, it was also agreed that an IAHR Working Group on this topic could assist in coordinating international research in this field. With this objective IAHR 2015 oil spill session (during the IAHR world congress in the Hague, the Netherlands) is organized to create a forum for scientists to discuss the current state of the oil spill modeling, industry and government needs, and the areas that need to be improved. The idea is to provide a forum where researchers, modelers, administrators, and responders from universities, consulting companies, and oil industry, and the governments can get together to exchange ideas and set future directions.
Those working in this topic area who are interested in actively serving on the new IAHR Working Group on Oil Spill Modelling, or just wish to be kept informed are invited to contact Ms. Estibaliz Serrano (publications@iahr.org), IAHR IPD Programme Officer.