The research activity at the department can be described by these four categories:
- Hydraulic analysis of sediment loaded rivers and optimum design of intakes in sediment carrying rivers;
- Dam safety and emergency action planning;
- Rehabilitation of dams;
- Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD);
- Small hydro
- Hydrology in cold climate
- Rainfall-runoff modelling
- Hydrology for hydropower opeation
- Environmental impacts of river regulations
See also: Sagelva research basin
- Drinking water treatment
- Water chemistry and environmental hygiene,
- Wastewater treatment
See also: Risvollan urban hydrological station
- Planning, design and operation of water supply and wastewater systems
- Stormwater- and pipe technology and management.
Cutting edge research topics
Particularly noteworthy are the department's research achievements in numerical and physical models for water and sediment flow in rivers and reservoirs, and our innovations on the development of moving bed bioreactor and membrane bioreactor technologies for water and wastewater treatment. In these fields the Department of Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering (IVM) can claim research that qualifies as both global and cutting edge.
IVM's combination of international projects and our many laboratories attract research partners and PhD students from all around the world.