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Chair, Technical Committee on Global Climate Change, Dams and Reservoirs, International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD)

Dr Denis Aelbrecht works with Electricité de France (EDF) as hydraulics expert in the Hydro Engineering Center (CIH). His current area of expertise covers hydraulics and civil engineering issues for power generation assets (hydro and nuclear), including: marine renewable energy development, hydraulic structures design, hydrodynamics modeling, flood risk management and control, and reservoir sedimentation management.

He joined EDF in 1995, and has held successive positions in EDF as research engineer (1995-2000), project manager (2000-2002), and group manager (2002-2005). He was also senior project manager with EPRI in the USA between 2005 and 2007. He has bee with EDF-CIH since 2007, where he formerly worked as hydraulics service manager (2008-2014), before moving to his current position as expert.

He graduated from Grenoble-INP/ENSHMG engineering school, France, in 1991, and got a PhD in hydraulics and coastal engineering from the University of Grenoble in 1995.

He is a member of the scientific and technical committee of the “Société Hydrotechnique de France” (SHF), the French section of IAHR. He is also a member of the executive board of French national committee on large dams (CFBR), and serves as chairman of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) technical committee on “Global Climate Change, Dams and Reservoirs”.

He is the author or co-author of numerous technical and scientific published communications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences of his fields of expertise.

Associated sessions

11 May
11:00 - 12:30

Climate resilience

Type: Focus session

Many countries are seeking a better understanding of climate change impacts – both positive and negative – and are beginning to build strategies and approaches to climate resilience into their plans for the development of new hydropower... (Read more)