Our crew joined Rolf Hut and his team of researchers on their trip to Myanmar. With tracers positioned on strategic locations along the stretch of the river, these scientists study how the two rivers interact and meet after the confluence. This information can be used to predict the spread and speed of contamination in one of the rivers upstream.
After curving through Myanmar's landscape for miles on an end, the Ayeyarwady River, Myanmar's most important commercial waterway, unites with the Chindwin River. The rivers are completely different: the Chindwin river has more sediment and contamination, which gives it a light brown colour. At the confluence of these two rivers, this difference can clearly be seen: for tens of kilometers the division between the darker Ayeyarwady and lighter Chindwin can be seen flowing downstream.
Looking back on this experience, dr. Hut tells us about working together with students in Myanmar: teams consisting of TU Delft and Myanmar students worked together in a great way, and seeing that collaboration was memorable. It is unlikely he will personally return to Myanmar to continue this project, but students and staff from the different water departments within TU Delft have multiple projects going on in, and with, Myanmar. Both local students, project partners, and TU students and staff will continue their important research there.
Faculty: Civil Engineering and Geo Sciences
Researcher: Dr. Rolf Hut
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