Keynote Speaker

Erik Mosselman

An expert in river engineering and fluvial morphodynamics
Deltares, P.O. Box 177
2600 MH Delft, The Netherlands

Title of the Talk : “Experiences from training the Brahmaputra-Jamuna River


The Brahmaputra-Jamuna in India and Bangladesh is a unique river. It is about 10 km wide and conveys discharges that average 20,000 m3/s and can peak at 100,000 m3/s. Its morphology is so dynamic that channels and banklines can shift hundreds of metres in a single year. All this poses great challenges to river training for safety against flooding, freshwater supply, infrastructure crossing and navigation. River training projects and associated studies over the last 30 years have produces a rich array of experiences. These experiences include technological advances regarding river training structures, data collection and modelling, but they are not limited to that. Key experiences also regard insights in long-term sustainability and principles for the development of master plans.

About the Speaker

Erik Mosselman is a river scientist and hydraulic engineer with special expertise in fluvial morphodynamics, river training, ecological river restoration and flood risk management. He holds permanent positions at Deltares (0.7 fte) and Delft University of Technology (0.3 fte). He worked on numerous rivers in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, with long-standing involvement in the Room-for-the-River programme for the Rhine branches in the Netherlands, development of a sustainable inland waterway between the Port of Rotterdam and Germany, and stabilization of the Brahmaputra-Jamuna River in Bangladesh.