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Hubert Chanson (born 1 November 1961) is a professor in hydraulic engineering and applied fluid mechanics in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland since 1990. He lectures civil and environmental engineering students in a variety of courses including fluid mechanics, hydraulic engineering, civil design, engineering history, coastal processes and environmental modelling. His research interests include the hydraulics of open channel flow, the design of hydraulic structures, experimental investigations of two-phase flows, coastal and estuarine hydrodynamics, water quality modelling, environmental management and natural resources.

Hubert Chanson
Born (1961-11-01) 1 November 1961 (age 57)
ResidenceBrisbane, Australia
Alma materÉcole nationale supérieure de l'énergie, l'eau et l'environnement Grenoble, Institut national des sciences et techniques nucléaires Saclay, University of Canterbury (NZ)
Known forHydraulic engineering; Fluid dynamics; Hydrodynamics
Awards13th IAHR Arthur Ippen Award, 2004 ASCE-EWRI award for best practice paper in Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Queensland
Doctoral advisorIan R. Wood


Chanson authored several books among which: Hydraulic Design of Stepped Cascades, Channels, Weirs and Spillways (Pergamon, 1995), Air Bubble Entrainment in Free-Surface Turbulent Shear Flows (Academic Press, 1997), The Hydraulics of Open Channel Flow: An Introduction (Edward Arnold/Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999 & 2004), The Hydraulics of Stepped Chutes and Spillways (Balkema, 2001), Environmental Hydraulics of Open Channel Flows (Elsevier, 2004), Tidal Bores, Aegir, Eagre, Mascaret, Pororoca: Theory and Observations (World Scientific 2011) and Applied Hydrodynamics: An Introduction (CRC Press 2014). He co-authored the book Fluid Mechanics for Ecologists (IPC Press, 2002) and he edited several other books (Balkema 2004, IEaust 2004, The University of Queensland 2006, 2008, 2014). The textbook The Hydraulics of Open Channel Flow: An Introduction has already been translated into Chinese (Hydrology Bureau of Yellow River Conservancy Committee) and Spanish (McGraw Hill Interamericana) and the second edition appeared in 2004. He has further published over 700 peer-reviewed papers and his work was cited over 34,500 times (WoS) to 16,000 times.[1] His h-index is 35, 40 and 62 in Web of Science, Scopus and Google Scholar respectively (in June 2015).

He witnessed the 2010–2011 Queensland floods and he documented thoroughly some observations in Central, Southern and South-East Queensland.[2][3]

Hubert Chanson's ResearcherID is A-1194-2008 {}. His ORCID number is 0000-0002-2016-9650.[4]


The International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research (IAHR) presented Chanson with the 13th Arthur Ippen Award for outstanding achievements in hydraulic engineering. The American Society of Civil Engineers, Environmental and Water Resources Institute (ASCE-EWRI) presented him with the 2004 award for the best practice paper in the ASCE Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering ("Energy Dissipation and Air Entrainment in Stepped Storm Waterway", Chanson and Toombes 2002), and the 2018 Honorable Mention Paper Award for "Minimum Specific Energy and Transcritical Flow in Unsteady Open-Channel Flow" by Castro-Orgaz and Chanson (2016) in the ASCE Journal of Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. The Institution of Civil Engineers, UK presented him the 20178 Baker. Medal. In 1999 he was awarded a Doctor of Engineering from the University of Queensland for his outstanding research achievements in gas-liquid bubbly flows [5]

Hubert Chanson is ranked among the 150 most cited researchers in civil engineering in Shanghai’s Global Ranking of Academics.

Outside worksEdit

Chanson has been active also as an expert consultant for both governmental agencies and private organisations.[6] He chaired the organisation of the 34th IAHR World Congress in Brisbane, Australia held from 26 June to 1 July 2011.[7] He chaired the Scientific Committee of the 5th IAHR International Symposium on Hydraulic Structures (Brisbane, Australia, 25–27 June 2014), and was actively involved in the Organisation Committees of the 5th, 8th, 10th and 11th National Conference on Hydraulics in Civil Engineering (Australia). He chairs the Organisation of the 22nd Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference in Brisbane, Australia on 6–10 December 2020.

He contributed to a number of audio-visual documentaries on tidal bore and tsunami, including 'La Tribu du Mascaret' (Surfing the Dordogne, 2004), 'Les Fils de la Lune' (Sons of the Moon, 2005) and 'Animaux Sentinelles: Alerte au Tsunami' (Wenn Tiere Alarm Schlagen: Die Tsunami Warner, 2008). He lives in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife Ya-Hui (Karen) Chou and their children Bernard, Nicole and Andre.

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  1. ^ Hubert Chanson publications indexed by Google Scholar
  2. ^ Hubert Chanson (2011). "The 2010-2011 Floods in Queensland (Australia): Observations, First Comments and Personal Experience" (PDF). La Houille Blanche (1): 5–11. ISSN 0018-6368. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  3. ^ Leslie, Tim (21 January 2011). "Q&A - Dam expert analyses Wivenhoe". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
  4. ^ Entry at ORCID
  5. ^ Chanson, H. (1999). Air-Water Bubbly Flows : Theory and Applications. Doctor of Engineering thesis, The University of Queensland, Australia.
  6. ^ Expert profile Professor Hubert Chanson.
  7. ^ 34th IAHR World Congress. 2011.

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