China Institute for Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR)
IWHR is affiliated to the Ministry of Water Resources, P.R. China and its history can be traced back to 1933. Over the years of development, IWHR has now become a comprehensive scientific research and technological development center at the national level in the fields of water resources and hydropower with a wide range of disciplines and obvious talent advantage. Main research fields of IWHR include hydrology and water resources, water environment and ecology, flood control and drought relief, soil and water conservation, river and lake governance, water resources in rural and pastoral areas, water resources history, hydraulics, geotechnical engineering, hydraulic structures and materials, earthquake engineering, hydraulic electromechanical equipment, automation, engineering monitoring and examination, renewable power resources, informatization and remote sensing technology, etc. By the end of 2013, IWHR boasts a staff of 1420, including 2 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, 5 academicians of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, 236 senior engineers at professor level and 419 senior engineers.
IWHR has many research centers and laboratories, including one international center (International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation), four national level centers (National Center of High Efficient Hydropower Utilization and Dam Safety Technology Research, National Center of Efficient Irrigation Engineering and Technology Research-Beijing, National Center of Agricultural Irrigation and Drainage Instrument Monitoring and Test, and National Research Center for Sustainable Hydropower Development), one national key laboratory (State Key Laboratory of Simulation and Regulation of Water Cycle in River Basin), two ministerial level key laboratories (Key Laboratory for Construction and Safety of Water Project of the Ministry of Water Resources, and Key Laboratory for Hydraulic and Sedimentation Science and River Training of the Ministry of Water Resources), and eighteen professional laboratories at the institute level.
Over the years, IWHR has organized a large number of national key scientific and technological projects and undertaken research works on key technological topics of almost all major water resources and hydropower projects in China. IWHR has also carried out a wide range of professional services at home and abroad including technical consultancy, evaluation and technical services. By the end of 2013, IWHR has won 86 prizes for progress in science and technology at national level, 528 provincial or ministerial prizes and has edited or participated in the preparation of 333 professional standards.
The Institute occupies a very important position in the international arena of water resources and hydropower and has built up extensive relationship for exchange and cooperation with important international academic organizations, famous foreign scientific research institutes and well-known universities. IWHR also hosts the secretariats of the International Research and Training Center on Erosion and Sedimentation (IRTCES, under the auspices of UNESCO), Chinese National Committee on Large Dams (under ICOLD), Chinese National Committee on Irrigation and Drainage (under ICID), International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) China Chapter, Global Water Partnership (GWP)-China, etc.
The Institute currently offers two postdoctoral research programs of first-level disciplines, and eight doctoral degree and master degree programs in geotechnical engineering, hydrology and water resources, hydraulics and river dynamics, hydraulic structures, hydraulic and hydropower engineering, water environment, hydroinformatics, and water hazard reduction and water safety.
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